Total Costs of Care News

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  • Delaware HHS Secretary Kara Odom Walker on Meeting Her State’s Primary Care Needs

    Oct 11, 2019

    In a new “Milbank Quarterly” guest opinion, Delaware’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kara Odom Walker says that any solution that lowers health care costs and improves quality will require a foundation of enhanced primary care. Read more

  • How Can Employers and Government Control Rising Hospital Prices? A Conversation with Robert Galvin and Robert Murray

    Sep 18, 2019

    To explore what employers and regulators can do about rapidly rising health provider prices and debate the most effective policies, “Los Angeles Times” journalist Noam N. Levey sat down with Dr. Robert Galvin, CEO of Equity Healthcare and an operating partner at Blackstone, and Robert Murray, the former executive director of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Read more

  • New “JAMA Viewpoint”: State and Employer Reactions to High Commercial Health Insurer Prices for Hospital Services

    Jul 22, 2019

    In a new JAMA “Viewpoint,” Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller and Dhruv Khullar, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine summarize the research showing that commercial hospital prices are high relative to Medicare, and that the size of the price discrepancies is increasing. They highlight steps some states and employers are taking to address the issue. Read more

  • A Better Way to Contain Medicaid Costs

    Jun 13, 2019

    The Tennessee legislature recently passed a bill that could make it the first state to request a Medicaid block grant. Under a block grant, Tennessee would receive a fixed annual sum from the federal government for its Medicaid program rather than open-ended federal dollars. But John Kitzhaber, MD, former governor of Oregon, and Bruce Goldberg, MD, former director of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, say that this approach does nothing to reduce the cost of care and hurts Medicaid recipients. Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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