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Discern Endorses New National Guidelines That Call For Improved Access To Palliative Care

November 2018 Palliative care can help people living with serious illness and their families deal with the physical symptoms and psychosocial burdens of illness and treatment. Although palliative care can be delivered concurrently with disease-focused treatment to improve quality of life, many Americans do not have access to needed services. To improve access to palliative…

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Discern Health Is Seeking New Team Members

November 2018 Discern Health is looking to expand our capacity to provide strategic direction and solutions to government, health provider systems, health insurers, and life sciences companies. We’re seeking staff at all levels to join our client service teams in providing insightful qualitative research, quantitative analysis and evidence-based recommendations for quality strategies, performance measurement, and…

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Discern Plays Leadership Role In Primary Care Transformation

November 2018 Revitalizing primary care is crucial to achieving a high-quality, affordable, accessible, and efficient health care system. While the patient-centered medical home model has helped to transform the organization and delivery of primary care, new payment models are also required to support practices as they journey from fee-for-service to value-based health care. To support…

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Discern VP Quoted In The Minnesota Star Tribune

November 2018 Russ Montgomery was recently called on by the Minnesota Star Tribune to comment about the long-term value and costs associated with new diabetes pumps and monitors. Russ has worked on several projects related to the value of medical devices in diabetes and other chronic conditions, and his inclusion in this article is clear…

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Discern Partner Tom Valuck To Lead Expert Panel At MedTech Conference

September 2018 At the MedTech Conference in Philadelphia, Tom Valuck, M.D., J.D., and expert panelists Keely Scamperle (W.L. Gore) and Peter Kelly (Abbott Laboratories) will lead an interactive discussion on “Quality Measurement Implications for Medical Technology in the Value-Based Environment.” Tom will ask Keely and Peter questions about hot topic issues they have faced as…

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Discern expands Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Capabilities For Life Sciences clients

September 2018 Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) has long been important for health care market access outside the U.S., but it is increasingly being utilized in the U.S. as part of the movement from volume- to value-based health care. Payers are asking for more evidence of improved outcomes and lower costs to inform decisions…

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Dave Sloan, Ph.D., Promoted To Senior Project Manager

September 2018 Discern Health is pleased to announce the promotion of Dave Sloan to Senior Project Manager. In his five years at Discern, Dave has successfully managed a wide array of value-based health care projects and grown his expertise in health care policy and research. Dave excels at providing qualitative and quantitative analyses of client…

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NAM Clinical Decision Support Publication Cites Discern Health Recommendations To ONC

August 2018 A Discern Health report on clinical decision support (CDS) was cited in a recent report published by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The NAM report, Optimizing Strategies for Clinical Decision Support—Summary of a Meeting Series, summarizes findings from a series of three stakeholder meetings addressing key principles and challenges for implementing CDS tools….

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Discern Helps PAC Clients Succeed in Value-Based Programs

August 2018 The year, 2018, is a pivotal year for the implementation of value-based payment (VBP) programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other post-acute care (PAC) and long-term care (LTC) providers. CMS has directed stakeholders throughout the health care industry to improve patient experience and population health while reducing costs. As the sector that…

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CMS Reaffirms Administration’s Commitment to Value-Based Care

August 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a policy statement, titled “Pathways to Success,” on changes to the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program. In issuing the new policy statement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, “From the moment I became Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, I have…

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Discern expands Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Capabilities For Life Sciences clients

September 2018 Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) has long been important for health care market access outside the U.S., but it is increasingly being utilized in the U.S. as part of the mo...
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