Discern Releases Reports On Serious Illness Care

April 2017

Discern has been hard at work on the topic of serious illness care. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Discern has engaged in several projects supporting the development of community-based, comprehensive care programs designed to address the unique needs of patients with serious illnesses.

Working with Pew Charitable Trusts, Discern authored a report of proceedings from a roundtable of national experts in serious illness care quality and measurement. The report identifies a small number of setting-specific quality measures applicable to various types of serious illness that could be immediately implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for relevant Medicare quality programs. The recommendations from the report were also incorporated into a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma earlier this month.

On March 8, Discern Partner Tom Valuck, MD, JD, and Project Director Russ Montgomery, PhD, posted an item on the Health Affairs blog about payment models for serious illness care. The blog post is titled “Innovation in Serious Illness Care Payment: Progress to Date and Opportunities for the New Administration.” It summarizes a report that provides a framework of principles for innovative payment models focused on serious illness, and suggests ways that Congress and the Administration can work together to support high-value care for the seriously ill.

Additional papers, focusing on data availability and benefit designs that can improve care for seriously ill individuals, are forthcoming. For more information about Discern’s work on serious illness, contact Tom Valuck at tvaluck@discernhealth.com or Russ Montgomery at rmontgomery@discernhealth.com.

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