News and Updates

  • 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

  • Hospital Consolidation Presents Policy Challenges and Opportunities for States

    Nov 29, 2017

    Recent changes in the hospital industry, such as the increase in hospital consolidation, pose new challenges for states as they review proposed hospital mergers and acquisitions—especially since these activities often cross state lines. Measuring the benefits and costs of hospital consolidation is not a simple issue. Bigger hospital systems might use their market power to increase their revenue … Read more

  • With Focus on Evaluation, Multi-State Collaborative Hosts Annual In-Person Meeting

    Nov 29, 2017

    What is the impact of multi-payer primary care transformation programs like Medicare’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) on health care quality and value? That was one of the many questions addressed in late October when the Milbank Memorial Fund Multi-State Collaborative (MC) held its annual in-person meeting in Boston. Forty individuals from 16 regions or states involved in multi-payer … Read more

  • Multi-State Collaborative Hosts Meeting for Payers

    Oct 31, 2017

    It might have been difficult to imagine 10 years ago—commercial and public insurers meeting to compare notes on how to better align payments, measures, and reporting to transform primary care. Yet there they were, at the most recent meeting of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC) all-payer meeting, held on September 19 in Washington, DC. All of the payers in … Read more

  • Comparing and Monitoring State Health Care Spending Trends

    Oct 31, 2017

    We have heard a lot about health care costs lately—and state health leaders and the public have many questions about them. Does my state spend more on health care than others? How much does spending vary based on who is paying? How has that spending changed over time and why? Measurement activities continue at both the national and state level. Here are two recent updates: Comparing … Read more

  • New Reports Published on State Population Health Strategies that Make a Difference

    Oct 12, 2017

    What happens when you identify specific improvements in population health in several states—and then ask, “How did they do that?” You gain a better understanding of what it really takes to make progress in population health. That’s what we did in a series of reports by researchers David Jones and Christopher Louis from Boston University School of Public Health. They analyzed three … Read more

  • RSG Offers Support, Ideas to Governors on Bipartisan Health Reform

    Sep 26, 2017

    The federal government is committed to supporting state health policy innovation, but where is the common ground in an otherwise fractured political environment?  Earlier this summer, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a summary of bipartisan ideas from 13 states about how to continue to improve the US health care system and strengthen the state-federal partnership in health … Read more

  • Q and A with Thomas J. Betlach, Medicaid Director, Arizona

    Sep 26, 2017

    Thomas J. Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s Medicaid system, is widely recognized as a national leader in Medicaid policy, program development, and management. Under his leadership, AHCCCS has been cited for its work on Medicaid Managed care oversight and behavioral health integration. Betlach was elected by his peers to be president … Read more