Publications

The Milbank Memorial Fund has published The Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health policy since 1923. It has commissioned and published reports since early in the last century and, beginning in the early 1990s, published a series called Milbank Reports. From 1999 to 2013, the Fund co-published with the University of California Press a series of books titled California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public. The Fund currently publishes reports, issue briefs (shorter papers), case studies, and Milbank-Supported Reports, reports published with partner organizations.

  • Case Studies

    How Community Health Centers Are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

    April 17, 2019 | Robert M. Hayes, Joseph Squitieri, DO

    Last month, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the United Hospital Fund released a report, The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families, which made clear that the magnitude of the epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized. This case study, a companion to the report, explores how community health centers are addressing the opioid epidemic.
  • Issue Brief

    Investing in Medicaid Management: What Governors Need to Do

    April 15, 2019 | John Kitzhaber, MD, Bruce Goldberg, MD

    In this issue brief, John Kitzhaber, MD, former governor of Oregon, and Bruce Goldberg, MD, former director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, outline why strong Medicaid management matters. Speaking directly to governors, the authors spell out why greater state investment in Medicaid administration is critical to attracting and retaining the talent needed to ensure that the program is flexible and innovative, fiscally responsible, and stable.
  • Milbank-Supported Report

    Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

    March 20, 2019 | Stephanie Anthony, Arielle Traub, Sarah Lewis, and Cindy Mann, Manatt Health Strategies; Alexandra Kruse, Michelle Herman Soper, and Stephen A. Somers, PhD Center for Health Care Strategies

    As the population ages, one of the greatest challenges facing state officials is how to organize and pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS) for low-income elderly and disabled adults—the most complex, expensive, and fastest-growing group covered by Medicaid. To help address this challenge, a toolkit for state leaders published in 2017 has been updated. It describes a menu of promising strategies and best practices for states to advance person-centered, cost-effective LTSS options through their Medicaid programs.
  • Reforming States Group Publication

    The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families

    March 7, 2019 | Suzanne C. Brundage, Carol Levine

    Opioid addiction is well recognized as a national crisis, but its impact on children and adolescents whose parents are addicted has received little attention. This report, published by the United Hospital Fund (UHF), with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, makes clear that the magnitude of the epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized.
  • Issue Brief

    To Oversee or Not to Oversee? Lessons from the Repeal of North Carolina’s Certificate of Public Advantage Law

    January 17, 2019 | Erin C. Fuse Brown

    A certificate of public advantage (COPA) is a tool used by states to permit and oversee hospital mergers that create monopoly powers. A few months ago, we published a paper about the use of a COPA in Tennessee and Virginia. But what happens when a COPA is repealed? This issue brief looks at the COPA law in North Carolina that was enacted in 1993 and repealed in 2015. It provides a cautionary tale for other states considering COPAs.
  • Report

    Hospital Mergers and Public Accountability: Tennessee and Virginia Employ a Certificate of Public Advantage

    September 26, 2018 | Erin C. Fuse Brown

    How are states responding to the growing trend of hospital system mergers? Some states have responded by issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs), a legal mechanism through which they can approve mergers that reduce or eliminate competition in return for commitments to make public benefit investments and control health care cost growth. In effect, a COPA creates a state-monitored monopoly—or a public utility model of health care delivery. This report describes the experience of Tennessee and Virginia.
  • Case Studies

    Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy

    September 17, 2018 | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, edited by Robert A. Hiatt

    These case studies use six diverse examples of science to policy translation generated by Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars in the HSS program from 2003 to 2016. Because the HSS program was discontinued in 2017, the Milbank Memorial Fund published these case studies in the hope that many audiences, including students, would use them to learn about the connection between research, decision making, and policy.
  • Milbank-Supported Report

    Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful ACOs

    August 13, 2018

    Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) were often considered to be competing models for reforming health care delivery. Not now. It’s increasingly apparent that one helps the other. That’s the main finding from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative 2018 evidence report, the first study of its kind to look at how the role of advanced primary care, such as the PCMH, may contribute to the success or failure of ACOs.
  • Case Studies

    Three Projects Receive Inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize

    July 19, 2018

    In Chicago, they are preventing lead poisoning in young children. In Chatham County, Georgia, they are building a continuity of care system for jail inmates, and in Washington State, they are using multiple data sets to coordinate care for dual eligibles. Meet the winners of the inaugural Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Prize.
  • Report

    Bundling, Benchmarking, and Beyond: Paying for Value in Home- and Community-Based Services

    July 11, 2018 | Andrea D. Bennett, Pam Curtis, and Curtis S. Harrod

    As the US population ages, the demand for long-term care options has grown. Special focus has been on Medicaid programs, which pay for most long-term…