News and Updates

  • Report Published on State Policy Capacity and Leadership

    Apr 10, 2017

    What does it take in terms of staff, leadership, and resources for state governments to plan for and implement new health policies? Regardless of the policy positions they take, executive and legislative branch state policymakers will need to make decisions that are right for their constituents and implement those decisions effectively and efficiently.  A new Milbank Memorial Fund report by … Read more

  • State-Federal Partnerships are Key to Advancing Broad Health Care Improvements

    Mar 30, 2017

    Today’s health policy debates have brought more focus to state health policy flexibility and accountability.  The Reforming States Group’s Letter to the New Administration offered principles and policy proposals that strengthen state roles and capacity to improve population health through Medicaid and other state health programs. “Building strong state-federal partnerships is necessary to … Read more

  • Rachel Block Joins Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer

    Mar 30, 2017

    Rachel Block has joined the Milbank Memorial Fund as a Program Officer.  An independent consultant who worked for the Fund and other organizations focusing on federal and state health policy issues, she has served in numerous executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently spearheading development of New York state’s health information technology strategy as deputy … Read more

  • Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation Continues to Expand

    Mar 30, 2017

    by Lisa Dulsky Watkins, Director of the Multi-State Collaborative   Starting in January 2017, multi-payer primary care transformation expanded in scale and scope to 14 states with the launch of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. Demonstrating its deep commitment to improving the quality of primary care and tackling health care’s costs, the Centers for Medicare and … Read more

  • Update on CPC+ and the Multi-State Collaborative

    Feb 27, 2017

    2017 began with the launch of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations’ multi-payer primary care transformation project and second largest provider payment reform project—in 14 regions around the country, with nearly 3,000 clinical practices, 54 public and private insurers, and Medicare engaged.  A flurry of activity followed. Participants … Read more

  • Deadline to Assess Massachusetts Health Care Cost Benchmark Approaches

    Feb 27, 2017

    Massachusetts is one of several states addressing total health care cost measures.  Since 2013, the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) has set an annual health care spending target based on state economic growth. A lower benchmark rate is set to take effect in 2018. The HPC will hold a hearing on the new benchmark on March 8, 2017. Helping state officials measure their state’s health … Read more

  • Topics from the Fall 2016 Reforming States Group Meetings

    Jan 31, 2017

    The following topics were the subject of presentations at the fall Reforming States Group meetings: Aging — presentations focused on rebalancing long-term services and supports and the integration of Medicare and Medicaid services; Leveraging Medicaid for the Social Determinants of Health, a presentation about how Medicaid can be leveraged to address social factors; Integrated Data … Read more

  • Delegation from Massachusetts Heads to Minnesota to Learn about Cost Containment

    Jan 25, 2017

    In December, 14 members of the Massachusetts Senate headed to Minnesota to learn from state officials there about cost containment. The trip, requested by Massachusetts, was created to help the state investigate new ways to contain health care costs. The Fund, which paid for travel, room, and board, developed an agenda for the two-day meeting including meetings with public officials, researchers, … Read more

  • Book Event Held for Rosemary Stevens, PhD, MPH

    Jan 25, 2017

    On January 18, the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) and The New York Academy of Medicine hosted a book discussion and reception in honor of Rosemary Stevens, PhD, MPH, the author of A Time of Scandal: Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the Making of the Veterans Bureau (Johns Hopkins University Press). Professor Stevens, a longtime member of the Board of the MMF, is a DeWitt Wallace … Read more

  • Q and A with Laura Kelly, Kansas State Senator

    Jan 25, 2017

    Laura Kelly, elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, is currently the assistant minority leader of that legislative body.  For the last eight years, she has served as ranking minority member on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home Community Based Services and KanCare, the Kansas version of Medicaid.  This is also her 10th year as … Read more