Discern-Coached Multiple Sclerosis Center Receives NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition

June 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Carlo Tornatore and the entire staff at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Neurology’s Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center for achieving recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP).

This work is part of a first-of-its-kind clinical study, MS-Advance, sponsored by a Discern life sciences company client. The study measures the effectiveness of the NCQA PCSP model on the care of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Dr. Tornatore, a physician-researcher, professor, and chair of the Department of Neurology at Georgetown, is the principal investigator.

Medical homes have become common in the primary care setting, but the concept is new for managing disorders such as MS that require highly specialized care. “This is a novel and forward-thinking approach to the continuous improvement of care for patients with MS, a group of patients with significant physical and cognitive disabilities that have a profound impact on their quality of life,” said Dr. Tornatore.

Discern Project Manager Pat Farmer, RN, a PCMH Certified Content Expert, provided NCQA-trained coaching assistance for practice transformation to the PCSP model. Ms. Farmer stated, “We were excited to partner with Dr. Tornatore and the MS Center at Georgetown on successfully implementing patient-centered specialty care for MS.”

Discern Partner Tom Valuck noted, “This research is critical for ensuring that patients living with MS receive comprehensive care throughout their lives. We anticipate that the learning from this project will be applied to improving MS care across the country.”

For more information, contact Tom Valuck at tvaluck@discernhealth.com or Pat Farmer at pfarmer@discernhealth.com.

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