Discern Focuses on Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement

Recent Discern projects have focused on patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PMs) and opportunities for their prioritization, development, endorsement, and implementation for various therapeutic areas. PRO-PMs are an important element of measuring progress toward a patient-centered, value-based health care system.

A recent example of Discern’s PRO-PM work is supporting the development of a patient-reported measure for multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is a disease with characteristics that make it both a challenge and an important endeavor to develop quality measures that are patient-centered, and help close the quality gap for patients living with MS. The subject matter expertise of Discern staff in measure development and patient-reported measurement have been instrumental in this project. The work includes engagement with the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure IncubatorTM, which is facilitating MS patient-centered measure development. The project is nearing the measure testing phase, where information is being generated about the measures’ feasibility and scientific soundness.

For more information on this project or to find out how Discern can help your organization reach quality measurement strategic goals, contact Discern Partner Tom Valuck, MD, JD, at tvaluck@discernhealth.com or Vice President Donna Dugan, PhD, MS, at ddugan@discernhealth.com.

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