News and Updates

  • Building Momentum to Measure Primary Care Spending

    Feb 28, 2018

    How much of our health care dollars actually go toward supporting primary care, which is consistently acknowledged to be key to improving population health?  Some states are working toward an answer. “At the Fund, we are working to increase policy focus on primary care spending,” said Rachel Block, Fund program officer. “It’s a good measure of how oriented a health system is to … Read more

  • Issue Brief – All for One and One for All: Developing Coordinated State Opioid Strategies

    Feb 22, 2018

    The opioid epidemic has spawned numerous state efforts to develop strategies that involve law enforcement, public health, Medicaid, and other state agencies. While each strategy on its own may be worthwhile, effectively coordinating these efforts will likely prove to be the key to reducing the number of families and communities damaged by opioid abuse. This issue brief, produced in partnership … Read more

  • Announcing the Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Prize

    Jan 25, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund has teamed up with AcademyHealth to establish a new annual award that recognizes state and local efforts to advance innovation using data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. The prize was created to draw attention to, and reward, the efforts of state and local governments to develop and use data to achieve measurable … Read more

  • Policymakers from Louisiana Learn from Florida’s Medicaid Experience

    Jan 25, 2018

    State leaders from the Louisiana Department of Health traveled to Tallahassee to hear from officials about Florida’s statewide Medicaid managed care implementation. The December trip, which included Louisiana’s Medicaid director and 11 staff members, was organized and funded by the Milbank Memorial Fund, as part of its State Technical Assistance, in which policymakers from one state travel … Read more

  • The Milbank Quarterly‘s Top 5 Articles and Op-Eds of 2017

    Jan 23, 2018

    The Milbank Quarterly is pleased to report its most-read peer-reviewed articles and op-eds of 2017. See the list of the top 5 in both categories below. All are freely available. Read more

  • Policymakers from 40 States Attend Fall RSG Meetings

    Dec 20, 2017

    One hundred and twelve health policymakers from 40 states, two local jurisdictions, and three other countries gathered this fall in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and San Diego for the 2017 annual Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings. The meetings, a hallmark of the RSG, which is now in its 25th year, provide an opportunity for participants from the executive and legislative branches to come … Read more

  • Fund Responds to CMS Request for Information about New Directions for the Innovation Center

    Dec 20, 2017

    Many recent health care innovation delivery and payment models have been implemented under the direction of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) housed within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS recently issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the future direction of CMMI’s activities, including potential expansion of existing programs and … Read more

  • Q and A with Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina Senator

    Dec 20, 2017

    Thomas C. Alexander began his public service career in 1986, when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from District One, Oconee-Pickens County. In 1994, he became a state senator. A successful businessman, Alexander is the chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and heads the Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. … Read more

  • New Milbank-Supported Report: Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

    Dec 7, 2017

    Low-income adults who need and use long-term services and supports (LTSS) are among the most complex, expensive, and fast-growing populations covered by Medicaid. One of the greatest challenges state officials face is how to organize and pay for these services in ways that allow older adults and adults with disabilities to live full and satisfying lives. Developed to address this challenge, … Read more

  • How State Health Agencies Can Address the Opioid Epidemic

    Nov 29, 2017

    States play an important role in combating opioid misuse. In October, the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) project, a program run by the Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center), held a special meeting for state Medicaid policymakers, with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund, to share policies and practices to curb opioid abuse. The meeting agenda covered options within Medicaid, within … Read more