News and Updates

  • What Massachusetts Learned from Colorado about Marijuana

    Aug 29, 2017

    In late July, Massachusetts signed a revised marijuana bill into law. The legislation was a long time coming, and ended two-and-a-half years of work by legislators. That work included a trip, in early 2016, by eight Massachusetts state senators who flew to Colorado to learn about the state’s experience as the first to legalize recreational marijuana. The trip was organized and funded by the … Read more

  • Fund Publishes RSG Report on Telehealth Private Payer Laws

    Aug 23, 2017

    Many state health policy leaders are interested in telehealth—the use of technology to deliver health care to patients in a setting different from that of the provider—as a way of expanding patient access to care, especially in rural areas. State health policy leaders have been looking at ways to expand and clarify telehealth reimbursement policies, especially as they relate to private … Read more

  • First Group Completes Milbank Memorial Fund Leadership Program

    Jul 31, 2017

    The first group of state officials to participate in the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) completed the interactive course in late June at an in-person meeting held in Sacramento, California. The program, developed in 2015 by the Fund and its Reforming States Group (RSG), is designed to bring together individuals from the executive and legislative branches of state … Read more

  • Regional Partners in Innovation: My Site Visit to the South Central United States

    Jul 31, 2017

    BY LISA DULSKY WATKINS It’s rare to have the opportunity to observe collaboration in action firsthand. But that’s what happened when I recently traveled to Arkansas and Oklahoma to see how public and private insurers in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) markets do their regional work. As I set off walking from downtown Little Rock to my first meeting, I wondered if it was just me (an … Read more

  • Fund Publishes Report on Standardizing the Measurement of Commercial Health Plan Primary Care Spending

    Jul 25, 2017

    Primary care is often acknowledged as the foundation of any high-performing health care delivery system. But how much of our health dollars go to supporting it? To address this question, the authors of this report—Michael Bailit, Mark Friedberg, and Margaret Houy—present a methodology to define and estimate spending on primary care, relative to other medical expenses. The study design … Read more

  • The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Publishes New Evidence Report

    Jul 10, 2017

    The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) has released a new evidence report, “The Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality, and Utilization,” that assesses recent research on the effects of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other forms of advanced primary care on population costs and quality of care. The report, published with support from the … Read more

  • How Oregon Created a CPC+ Collaborative

    Jun 20, 2017

    Oregon is like a lot of markets participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, Medicare’s national payment reform model developed to strengthen primary care through multi-payer alignment, payment reform, and care delivery transformation. Payer participants in the state’s initiative know that they need to function as a “collaborative” if they are to meet the … Read more

  • We’ll See You at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

    Jun 20, 2017

    If you are attending the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting from June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, look for us. Howard Markel, editor-in-chief of The Milbank Quarterly, will speak on the panel, “Publishing Instead of Perishing: Meet the Editors, Part Two,” on Monday, June 26, from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, and Tara Strome, assistant … Read more

  • What Are We Learning about Behavioral Health Integration? States Gather to Learn

    Jun 20, 2017

    Promoting the operational, financial, and administrative integration of behavioral and physical health services (behavioral health integration or BHI) remains a focal point for state health policy leaders as they look at ways to improve the health of populations. BHI models are well supported by research evidence—summarized in several Fund reports, but complex to design and implement. They … Read more

  • Our 2016-2017 Interns

    Jun 20, 2017

    For the last eight months, the Milbank Memorial Fund has had two interns from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Both Catarina Abreu and Matthew Silverstein earned their MPH in Health Policy and Management in May. Matthew helped staff several Reforming States group projects during his time at the Fund and served as a research assistant on various issues. He was … Read more