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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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Tom Valuck Participates in National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Stakeholder Strategic Directions Summit

Partner Tom Valuck was invited to participate in the recent National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Stakeholder Strategic Directions Summit in Chicago. The Summit brought together over 60 representatives from 43 national organizations that covered a broad range of care settings, provider/professional associations, accrediting bodies, payers, and community services organizations. The purpose of the…

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Quality and Performance Measurement Initiatives for Multiple Sclerosis

Since 2015, Discern has served as an advisor and subject matter expert for Biogen’s ongoing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) quality and performance measurement initiative. Using a multi-pronged approach to measure development, implementation, and quality improvement, Discern has coordinated activities among stakeholders through Biogen’s MS Quality Steering Committee, as well as with national healthcare organizations including the…

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Discern Health Adds New Vice President

Erik Muther joins Discern Health from the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA), where he served as the managing director. Erik was the founding executive director of PHCQA before it merged with Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF).  He has over 22 years of health care experience leading a wide range of quality measurement, process improvement,…

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Maryland Illustrates Opportunities and Challenges of Value-Based System Transformation

Maryland has long been at the forefront of health care reform.  The state’s unique hospital payment system, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers, sets global hospital budgets that include both inpatient and outpatient hospital services.  The state facilitated a multi-year patient-centered medical home program, and CareFirst, the largest commercial insurer, has also implemented its…

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Partner Tom Valuck Presents on Patient-Centered Care

Tom Valuck, MD, JD presented at two recent Astellas-sponsored events on the importance of capturing the patient perspective to help shape the future of health care. The presentations were given in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Urological Association (AUA) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Both presentations focused on bringing…

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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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