News and Updates

  • Pre-Holiday Update from the Multi-State Collaborative

    Dec 22, 2016

    December has been a busy month for the Multi-State Collaborative—and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On December 20, CMS released the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) Third Annual Report with impact findings from the first three years of the initiative through the end of December 2015.  Key evaluation findings including the following: Combined results from … Read more

  • Remembering Robert A. (Rob) Fordham

    Nov 28, 2016

    By Mark Gibson*  It was with sorrow that the Milbank Memorial Fund received news of the passing of friend and former program officer Robert A. (Rob) Fordham. Rob died peacefully at home of natural causes on October 13, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He was 87 years old. Rob’s career spanned over five decades, during which he served in government under eight presidents from … Read more

  • Continuing Federal Support for State Health Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges

    Nov 28, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for input to support state health innovation reform—either by building on the existing State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative or other innovation models. They recently issued a request for information (RFI) regarding state-based payment and delivery system reform initiatives. The Milbank Memorial Fund responded to the … Read more

  • Multi-State Collaborative Meeting Held

    Nov 28, 2016

    Every year, the Milbank Memorial Fund holds an in-person meeting for participants in the Multi-State Collaborative (MC), a voluntary group of leaders who are representatives of state-based, multi-payer, primary care transformation initiatives.  This year, the meeting was held in Detroit in early November. Fifty individuals representing 16 statewide and regional projects attended. The … Read more

  • Fall RSG Meetings Are Underway

    Nov 28, 2016

    With the election of a new administration and potential for significant changes in federal health policy in general and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in particular, the annual fall meetings of the Fund’s Reforming States Group (RSG) promise to be particularly engaging. The RSG brings together health policy leaders from state executive and legislative branches, as well as from overseas and … Read more

  • The Future of Hospitals in New England

    Nov 28, 2016

    In mid-October, the Fund co-sponsored, with the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), a daylong meeting of New England legislative and executive branch officials on the future of hospitals. Hospitals are large and important institutions in their communities. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), state budget pressures, and other policy reforms have heightened the focus on their … Read more

  • Update from the Multi-State Collaborative

    Oct 26, 2016

    As planning for Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) intensifies, the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC) is evolving to meet the challenges and opportunities of the expanded federal program, and to continue its support for other related primary care transformation efforts. 2017 will bring a vastly increased set of learning and communications opportunities supported by the … Read more

  • What Are You Reading? Our Most Popular Reports So Far This Year

    Oct 26, 2016

    We wanted to know what our readers were most interested in—and took a look at our latest reports in 2016 to see what you’re reading.  So far this year, the publications listed here are our most popular.  All three were commissioned by the Reforming States Group, which had identified these as topics of interest to policymakers.  If you missed them earlier, you can read them … Read more

  • Update on Maryland’s All-Payer Waiver

    Sep 21, 2016

    The Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) supports efforts for states to learn from one another about current policy developments—and one topic that states are eager to know about is ways to measure and contain health care costs. In 2014, the state of Maryland received federal approval for a groundbreaking waiver designed to cap growth in health care spending. Two years later, Maryland’s work on its … Read more

  • High-Priced Drugs and Medicaid: SMART-D Releases First Report on Alternative Payment Models for Prescription Drugs Within State Medicaid Programs

    Sep 21, 2016

    The Center for Evidence-based Policy (CEbP) is making progress on SMART-D, the State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement and Purchasing Test for High-Cost Drugs. Earlier this month, the SMART-D group released a report examining the landscape of Medicaid drug purchasing, specifically focusing on state Medicaid programs’ ability to pursue alternative payment models. The SMART-D Summary Report … Read more