News and Updates

  • State Leaders from Around the Country Come Together for Reforming States Group Meetings

    Nov 29, 2018

    Beginning in November and through early December, state government health policy leaders from around the country are heading to Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, and Charleston, South Carolina for the Reforming States Group’s three annual fall meetings. The Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings are the hallmark of the group, composed of state health policy leaders from both the … Read more

  • States Join National Initiative to Advance Strategies for Supporting Family Caregivers

    Nov 29, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund has joined several other foundations—including The John A. Hartford Foundation, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—to work on a national initiative to advance strategies in support of family caregivers. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), which is implementing the initiative, announced earlier this month … Read more

  • Announcing the 2019 Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Award

    Nov 27, 2018

    For the second year in a row, the Milbank Memorial Fund has partnered with AcademyHealth to recognize state and local efforts to advance the use of data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. State and local health agencies require robust data and analytics for program design, operations, and evaluation. However, these agencies often lack the capacity to … Read more

  • Working Together to Address the Multigenerational Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

    Oct 31, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction usually focuses on the individual. But children and family members of the addicted individual are also affected—and overlooked, say researchers Carol Levine and Suzanne Brundage from the United Hospital Fund (UHF), who maintain that an urgent response to the “ripple effect,” as it’s called, is needed to prevent the multigenerational trauma that affects … Read more

  • New England States to Collaborate on Key Health Policy Issues

    Oct 31, 2018

    States share a common set of problems and issues emerging from rapid changes in health care markets and regulatory environments. For states that share borders, economies, and health care markets, why not collaborate, instead of working on these issues separately? That was one of the takeaways from a 2017 meeting sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund and the New England States Consortium … Read more

  • Primary Care Investments Are Top of Mind for Many New England States

    Oct 31, 2018

    Representatives from state agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont met earlier this month to hear and discuss reports from multi-state workgroups related to Certificate of Need reform and hospital regulatory issues,  improving the value of community benefits reports, data-sharing opportunites, and primary care investments. The meeting was … Read more

  • New Cohort Begins the Fund’s Leadership Program

    Sep 27, 2018

    The Fund kicked off the newest session of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) earlier this month at an in-person meeting in San Francisco. The third group of state health policy officials to participate in the program included 18 leaders from 15 states, including both legislators and those from the executive branch. Created in 2015, the ELP has evolved into a practical, skills-based program … Read more

  • New Report: Hospital Mergers and Public Accountability: Tennessee and Virginia Employ a Certificate of Public Advantage

    Sep 26, 2018

    How are states responding to the growing trend of hospital system mergers? As health care consolidation increases, policymakers have to reconcile growing evidence that most consolidations raise prices with the political pressure regulators face to approve these mergers. Several states have responded by issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs), a legal mechanism through which they can … Read more

  • New Case Studies: Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program was designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy change, while addressing the multiple determinants of population health. One of its goals was to produce a cadre of scientific leaders who could contribute to this research and spearhead action to improve overall population health and … Read more

  • Four States, Four Ways to Manage and Measure Health Care Costs

    Aug 28, 2018

    “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”  – Peter Drucker.  States face growing challenges to manage and measure health care costs. By looking at the cost performance across all payers of the system as a whole, or a particular set of services such as hospital care, these states can advance more comprehensive strategies for delivery system reform. This month, we took a look at four … Read more