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  • Oregon Builds Consensus to Expand Cost Control Efforts

    Mar 26, 2019

    Oregon has been a leader in targeting the growth in overall health care costs. In 2012, the state adopted a unique approach to growth limits for the Oregon Health Plan, first for its Medicaid beneficiaries and then for public employees. State officials had discussed extending the model to other populations and types of coverage, but a plan to do so had not emerged…until now. In the fall of … Read more

  • Compact to Slow Health Care Spending Growth Signed in Rhode Island

    Feb 28, 2019

    Rhode Island has a history of taking the lead when it comes to health care spending. Beginning in 2010, the state instituted health care “affordability” standards for health insurers. These standards created strong incentives for reduced rates of growth in health care spending for commercial insurance—first by directing increased investment in the state’s primary care health system and … Read more

  • Announcing the 2019 Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Award

    Nov 27, 2018

    For the second year in a row, the Milbank Memorial Fund has partnered with AcademyHealth to recognize state and local efforts to advance the use of data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. State and local health agencies require robust data and analytics for program design, operations, and evaluation. However, these agencies often lack the capacity to … Read more

  • Four States, Four Ways to Manage and Measure Health Care Costs

    Aug 28, 2018

    “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”  – Peter Drucker.  States face growing challenges to manage and measure health care costs. By looking at the cost performance across all payers of the system as a whole, or a particular set of services such as hospital care, these states can advance more comprehensive strategies for delivery system reform. This month, we took a look at four … Read more

  • Delaware Moves Forward on Comprehensive Health Care Cost Measures

    May 31, 2018

    Massachusetts isn’t the only state making progress when it comes to measuring health care costs. Delaware is also moving forward with its own approach. Delaware’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Kara Odom Walker was tasked with leading this effort. The Fund assisted the secretary’s work by sharing policy lessons learned from the Totals Cost of … Read more

  • How Can States Control Health Care Costs — 6 Questions for David Seltz, Executive Director of Massachusetts’s Health Policy Commission

    Apr 30, 2018

    State policymakers want to know how to control health care costs.  In fact, global budgeting, the idea of putting a limit on spending, is attracting attention. The New York Times recently published an article on Maryland’s work on cost containment, Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget?  To find out more about Massachusetts’ efforts, we asked David Seltz, executive … Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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