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Continuously published since 1923, The Milbank Quarterly features peer-reviewed original research, policy review, and analysis from academics, clinicians, and policymakers.

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Alan B. Cohen


Christopher F. Koller

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Tara Strome

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Most Recently Published from The Milbank Quarterly. See All Early Views 

  1. Early View Opinion

    “Super‐Utilizer” Interventions: What They Reveal About Evaluation Research, Wishful Thinking, and Health Equity

    By:  Paula M. Lantz

    Lantz argues that super-utilizer interventions are cost-containment strategies that can help patients who are in critical need. To address its fundamental problems, the US needs broader solutions that are “aimed at the macro- and community-level systems and institutions that drive social, political, and economic disadvantage and health inequities.” More

  2. Early View Original Scholarship

    Which Priorities for Health and Well‐Being Stand Out After Accounting for Tangled Threats and Costs? Simulating Potential Intervention Portfolios in Large Urban Counties

    By:  Bobby Milstein Jack Homer

    It’s challenging for regional health leaders to prioritize health interventions when facing so many tangled threats to health and well-being. In a new Milbank Quarterly study, Bobby Milstein of ReThink Health and Jack Homer of MIT Sloan School of Management used a new simulation model to project the impact of regional health and well-being interventions over 20 years. More

  3. Early View Opinion

    Tilting at Windmills: Global Warming and Global Warnings

    By:  David Rosner

    Two decades ago, seeing a windmill while driving through the countryside was a rare, special event. I can remember my 11 year‐old daughter… More

  4. Early View Original Scholarship

    Translating Knowledge into Action to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Medicare Expansion of the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention

    By:  Carlye Burd Stephanie Gruss Ann Albright Arielle Zina Patricia Schumacher Dawn Alley

    The Diabetes Prevention Program study published in 2002 showed that lifestyle changes—such as behavioral counseling, physical activity, and weight loss—could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes for high-risk adults. Eight years later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used this research to establish and then spread the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is now covered by Medicare and private payers. More

  5. Early View Original Scholarship

    Medicaid Utilization and Spending among Homeless Adults in New Jersey: Implications for Medicaid‐Funded Tenancy Support Services

    By:  Joel C. Cantor Sujoy Chakravarty Jose Nova Taiisa Kelly Derek Delia Emmy Tiderington Richard W. Brown

    Rutgers Center for State Health Policy researchers found that homeless adult Medicaid beneficiaries in New Jersey have higher levels of health care needs and are more likely to visit the emergency department or require inpatient admissions. They conclude that offering tenancy support services that help homeless adults achieve stable housing may be a cost-effective strategy for improving the health of this vulnerable population while reducing spending on avoidable health care interventions. More

  6. Early View Original Scholarship

    Equity First: Conceptualizing a Normative Framework to Assess the Role of Preemption in Public Health

    By:  Derek Carr Sabrina Adler Benjamin D. Winig Jennifer Karas Montez

    This study finds an equity-first “preemption” framework can help ensure that local governments can innovate to address health inequities, while also allowing states and the federal government to block local laws or policies that are likely to create or perpetuate inequities. More

  7. Early View Original Scholarship

    Maternal Mortality and Public Health Programs: Evidence from Florida

    By:  Patrick Bernet Gulcin Gumus Sharmila Vishwasrao

    A 10% increase in pregnancy-related public health spending led to a 13.5% decline in maternal mortality rates among black mothers and a 20% reduction in the black-white maternal mortality gap in Florida between 2001 and 2014. More

  8. Early View Original Scholarship

    Unraveling the Complexity in the Design and Implementation of Bundled Payments: A Scoping Review of Key Elements From a Payer’s Perspective

    By:  Sander Steenhuis Jeroen Struijs Xander Koolman Johannes Ket Eric van der Hijden

    Sander Steenhuis of the Talma Institute at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and colleagues report on their systematic literature review of the payment model, in which they identify and categorize 53 key elements that affect the bundled payment contract development process. More

  9. Early View Opinion

    Washington State’s Quasi-Public Option

    By:  James C. Capretta

    As with long-term care and other health care issues, Washington State is out in front with its plan to test a public option (of sorts) in the… More

  10. Early View Opinion

    First in the Nation: Washington State’s Long-Term Care Trust Act

    By:  Laurie Jinkins

    In 2019, Washington became the first state to pass legislation creating a public long-term care insurance program. In doing so, we are leading the way… More

  11. Early View Opinion

    Using Uncommon Data to Promote Common Ground for Reducing Infant Mortality

    By:  David A. Kindig

    High rates of infant mortality are well documented in the United States, compared with those of peer nations. Shocking and unacceptable rates of… More

  12. Early View Perspective

    Is Moderate Drinking Protective Against Heart Disease? The Science, Politics and History of a Public Health Conundrum

    By:  Gerald M. Oppenheimer Ronald Bayer

    In 2017, a large randomized controlled trial expected to resolve a 40-year controversy over the impact of moderate drinking on heart disease was halted following news reports about its industry funding. In a new Perspective, Gerald M. Oppenheimer and Ronald Bayer of Columbia University trace the history of that controversy. More

  13. Early View Original Scholarship

    The Association of State Opioid Misuse Prevention Policies With Patient- and Provider-Related Outcomes: A Scoping Review

    By:  Amanda I. Mauri Tarlise N. Townsend Rebecca L. Haffajee

    States have implemented a number of preventive measures to address the health consequences of opioid misuse and addiction. In a new review of evaluations of these policies, the University of Michigan’s Amanda Mauri and colleagues conclude that robust prescription drug monitoring programs reduce opioid prescribing if they include features like requiring practitioners to check an electronic database before prescribing and obtaining prior authorization for high-risk opioids. More

  14. Early View Milbank Quarterly Classics

    The Basic Criterion of Public Health

    By:  Sandro Galea

    Although it has been 84 years since The Milbank Quarterly published Edgar Sydenstricker’s “The Changing Concept of Public Health,” the article’s emphasis on preventing poor health outcomes by bolstering economic security, safe and equitable housing conditions, and access to nutritious food and exercise remains as salient as ever. More

Current Issue

  1. Perspective

    Navigating the Shifting Terrain of US Health Care Reform—Medicare for All, Single Payer, and the Public Option

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  2. Original Scholarship

    Toward a Corporate Culture of Health: Results of a National Survey

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  3. Original Scholarship

    Childhood Vaccination Mandates: Scope, Sanctions, Severity, Selectivity, and Salience

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  4. Original Scholarship

    Predicting the Impact of Transforming the Medicaid Program on Health Centers’ Revenues and Capacity to Serve Medically Underserved Communities

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  5. Original Scholarship

    Issues Relevant to Population Health in Political Advertising in the United States, 2011‐2012 and 2015‐2016

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  6. Policy Forum

    Putting Health at the Heart of National Policymaking: Learning from New Zealand

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