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.

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  • Issue Brief

    How Payment Reform Could Enable Primary Care to Respond to COVID-19

    April 2020 Stephanie Gold Larry A. Green John M. Westfall

    The authors make the case for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement risk-adjusted, prospective primary care payments now for all practices to meet better people’s needs—for the current COVID-19 crisis, for routine care, and for future crises yet unknown.   More

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    On the Front Lines of COVID-19: A Blueprint for Health and Human Services from Washington State

    April 2020 Susan Birch MaryAnne Lindeblad Eileen Cody

    Susan Birch and MaryAnne Lindeblad of the Washington State Health Care Authority, which oversees care for 2.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries and public employees, and State Representative Eileen Cody outline the major initiatives taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 in their state.  More

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    Medicaid and the Future of Health Care Hot-Spotting

    April 2020 Joel C. Cantor

    A look at the significance of the Camden Coalition hot-spotting trial results—and a New Jersey Medicaid ACO demonstration that also used a hot-spotting approach—for Medicaid, which covers the nation’s most medically and socially complex patients.   More

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    Enticing Dually Eligible Beneficiaries to Enroll in Integrated Care Plans

    October 2019 Debra J. Lipson Erin Weir Lakhmani

    In the “duals demo,” enrollment in integrated Medicare–Medicaid plans among eligible beneficiaries ranged from a high of 67% in Ohio to a low of 4% in New York. To discover the secrets to successful enrollment in states like Ohio, Mathematica researchers conducted a study of how state program design, concurrent state programs and policies, health plan markets, and other factors affected enrollment over time in all 10 participating states.   More

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    The Evolving Policy Landscape of Telehealth Services Delivered in the Home and Other Nonclinical Settings

    August 2019 Brittany Lazur Andrea Bennett Valerie King

    Abstract The rate of telehealth use, in which patients receive a virtual health care visit in the home or other nonclinical setting, has outpaced the…  More

  • Issue Brief

    Supporting Rural Health: Practical Solutions for State Policymakers

    May 2019 Emily Whelan Parento

    Many health care challenges are exacerbated in rural areas, such as limited access to services, provider shortages, and the prevalence of avoidable…  More

  • Issue Brief

    Primary Care Transformation: Can Competitors Collaborate?

    May 2019 Noam N. Levey

    This issue brief attempts to assess how participating payers in Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative feel about the program and its progress by exploring the perspective of payers in three distinct regional markets in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program: Colorado, Oklahoma, and Greater Philadelphia.  More

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    Investing in Medicaid Management: What Governors Need to Do

    April 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.  More

  • Issue Brief

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

    January 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.   More

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    Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development

    May 2018 Rachel Block

    Providers, payers, and state policymakers are moving to implement behavioral health integration (BHI) models as evidence of their effectiveness builds. But many states face an obstacle—the lack of a health care workforce that has the legal authority, training, and skills necessary to practice in these new models. How can states accelerate the development of a BHI workforce?  More