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Discern Health analysts Nathan Coffey and Eric Wahlstrom promoted to Project Manager

Discern Health is pleased to announce the promotions of Nathan Coffey and Eric Wahlstrom to the position of Project Manager. Both Nathan and Eric started with Discern in 2016 as Project Analysts and rapidly demonstrated their ability to provide excellent client support, research, and contributions on multiple value-based projects. Guy D’Andrea, Discern’s Managing Partner, adds,…

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Discern Senior Advisor Marissa Schlaifer co-authors Health Affairs Blog

“The Other Side Of Managed Competition: The Tension Between Protection And Innovation In Medicare Advantage And Part D Benefits,” a Health Affairs blog co-authored by Marissa Schlaifer and Mike Adelberg and published in December 2017, looks at the tension between protecting Medicare beneficiaries and innovating in benefit design as it plays out in the Trump…

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Discern Health releases white paper on gaps in technology-related quality measures

A new Discern white paper, titled “Medical Technology in the Value-Based Environment: An Assessment of Quality Measure Gaps” and sponsored by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), discusses the lack of adequate quality measures to effectively assess the value of medical technologies. The white paper identifies quality measurement opportunities and measure gaps for eight combinations of…

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PhRMA and Discern Health collaborate to publish PRO-PM issue brief

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Discern Health have published an issue brief on patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PMs). The brief describes the current state of PRO-PMs and identifies opportunities for their development, endorsement, and implementation. Discern Vice President and lead author of the brief, Sarah Sampsel, notes, “There is intense interest…

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Season’s Greetings from Discern Health

  2017 was a year of continued change for the health care industry. The transition toward value-based care continues to accelerate, and stakeholders throughout the industry are focused on ensuring their organizations are positioned for long-term success. This has also been a busy year at Discern Health. We have continued to grow our staff and…

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QPP Final Rule: Real Costs and Virtual Groups

On November 2, CMS issued the final rule for the Quality Payment Program. One issue addressed in the rule is the creation of “virtual physician groups” for quality reporting.  Many smaller practices had hoped to use a virtual grouping option within the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), but CMS acknowledges in the final rule that there…

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CMS Announces “Meaningful Measures” Initiative

On October 30, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that CMS will focus on outcome-based measures going forward, as opposed to process measures. The goal of “Meaningful Measures” is to reduce administrative burden on providers, promote innovation, and track issues that are most vital to providing high-quality care. Discern Health has worked with numerous clients to assess measures,…

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Discern Health Welcomes New Project Analyst

Courtney Barbera is a new Project Analyst at Discern Health and will be supporting clients on a variety of projects. Prior to joining the Discern team, Courtney contributed to business development and communications efforts for an international development firm in Washington, D.C. She gained experience designing impact evaluations in both local and global health settings and,…

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Discern Vice President Donna Dugan Presents at NHPCO’s 2017 Interdisciplinary Conference

Donna Dugan, PhD, MS, a vice president at Discern Health, recently presented on a panel at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Interdisciplinary Conference in San Diego, California. Donna was joined on the panel by Katy Barnett and Lee Goldberg of The Pew Charitable Trusts and Deborah Waldrop of the University of Buffalo….

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Discern Health Welcomes New Project Manager

Kaitlyn Whiton is a public health professional who is interested in transforming healthcare through data analysis and data based decision-making tools. Most recently, she was a policy analyst at The Hilltop Institute where she worked on research and policy analysis related to vulnerable populations, especially in the areas of development disabilities and chronic conditions. Previously,…

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Health Affairs Blog Post Highlights Discern’s Work on Serious Illness Care

Discern Partner Tom Valuck, Josh Rising of Pew Charitable Trusts, and Janet Corrigan of the Moore Foundation, recently authored a blog post for Health Affairs titled “Building Additional Serious Illne...
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Discern Health Presents Potential Measures for Catalyst for Payment Reform’s Scorecard for Payment Reform 2.0

Discern recently worked with Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) to develop a list of measures for CPR’s Scorecard for Payment Reform 2.0. CPR has tracked the implementation of payment reform since 2013...
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