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.

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  • Issue Brief

    Medicaid Delivery System Reforms to Combat the Opioid Crisis

    March 2021 Susan Kennedy Logan Sheets

    Most state Medicaid OUD care delivery innovations can be categorized into two main areas: 1) health homes and 2) warm handoffs and care transitions. This brief provides an overview of these approaches and offers recent examples from state Medicaid programs.  More

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    Developing Sustainable Community Health Worker Career Paths

    March 2021 Olenga Anabui Tamala Carter Matthew Phillippi Dominique G. Ruggieri Shreya Kangovi

    Scaling up the role of community health workers (CHWs), which is essential for the future of U.S. public health, economic recovery, and social justice, requires significant workforce development to address the lack of a CHW career pipeline and high rates of turnover. Yet, little evidence exists to guide this work.  More

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    How Are Payment Reforms Addressing Social Determinants of Health? Policy Implications and Next Steps

    February 2021 Hannah L. Crook James Zheng William K. Bleser Rebecca G. Whitaker Jasmine Masand Robert S. Saunders

    This issue brief summarizes the current landscape of payment reform initiatives addressing SDoH, drawing on results from a systematic review of peer-reviewed and gray literature supplemented with scans of state health policies and proposed payment reform models.  More

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    The Impact of Federal Value-Based Primary Care Programs on Participating Oregon Practices: A Snapshot

    December 2020 Diana Bianco Chris DeMars Lisa Miller Emilie Sites

    This brief finds that 62 Oregon primary care practices that participated in Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC Classic) and continued with the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) showed positive trends on most quality measures, as well as emergency department utilization and avoidable emergency department utilization across all payer types.   More

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    Building State Capacity to Address Behavioral Health Needs Through Crisis Services and Early Intervention

    November 2020 Stuart Yael Gordon

    Many states are focused on building a coordinated continuum of behavioral health care that includes a wide array of community-based services as well as inpatient services through public and private hospitals.   More

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    Telebehavioral Health: An Effective Alternative to In-Person Care

    October 2020 Brittany Lazur Lily Sobolik Valerie King

    In recent years, many states have seen an increase in the prevalence of behavioral health diagnoses and challenges in treatment access. At the same time, the health care delivery system has increasingly relied on telehealth. Given the importance of behavioral health care and the desire of state policymakers to improve outcomes, leaders should consider the effectiveness of various behavioral health treatments delivered via synchronous telehealth.  More

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    Value-Based Primary Care: Insights from a Commercial Insurer in Arkansas

    July 2020 Clare C. Brown J. Mick Tilford Alicia Berkemeyer Victor Davis Adam Whitlock

    This issue brief looks at data from three Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield value-based primary care programs, finding reduced beneficiary spending, as well as a 2:1 return on investment.  More

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    Maryland’s Innovative Primary Care Program: Building a Foundation for Health and Well-Being

    June 2020 Chad Perman Robert Patterson Howard Haft

    The Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) aims to make strategic investments in primary care practices and build a resilient statewide infrastructure to prevent and manage chronic disease.   More

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    Uniquely Similar: New Results from Maryland’s All-Payer Model and Paths Forward for Value-Based Care

    June 2020 Mark Japinga Mark McClellan

    Mark Japinga and Mark McClellan of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy discuss the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model and explore its implications.   More

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

    April 2020 Stephanie B. Gold, MD Larry A. Green John M. Westfall, MD, MPH

    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