Russ Montgomery

“Value-based approaches to care delivery require more informed decision-making at both the policy-level and the clinical-level. In both cases, decisions should be evidence-based, data-driven, and reflect patient values and preferences.”

Russ Montgomery is a Project Director at Discern Health. He leads projects on quality strategy, payment models, and policy. Russ also manages projects on data analytics, and serves as an internal analytic consultant across the firm. Russ’ recent work at Discern includes overseeing work on payment models, data infrastructure, and health benefits for serious illness care. He has also led the development of client measurement and payment strategies. In addition, Russ provided analytic and policy support on projects for Maryland health care organizations.

Russ previously held leadership positions at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), including serving as Director of the Office of Population Health, Director of the Governor’s Council on Health Quality and Cost, and Policy Advisor. In these roles, Russ worked on a series of major health reform initiatives, including the development of population health strategies to support Maryland’s hospital global budgets and advanced primary care models. He also oversaw the State Health Improvement Process, which sets performance targets for population health outcomes at the county level in Maryland, and worked with CRISP, the state health information exchange, on deployment of health care utilization reports and dashboards.

Prior to joining DHMH, Russ held positions at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medical Technology Policy, where he managed consulting projects in outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research, and payment policy for public and private sector clients.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health system transformation
  • Performance-based payment models
  • Quality measures
  • Data analytics


  • PhD, Health Services Research – Johns Hopkins University
  • MHS, Health Policy – Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Political Science – Hendrix College

Honors and Awards:

  • 2013 Marilyn Bergner Award in Health Services Research – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2010 Comparative Effectiveness Leadership Award – Center for Medical Technology Policy
  • 2007 President’s Medal (top all-around graduating senior) – Hendrix College


  • Baltimore, MD

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