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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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NCQA and Discern Announce Collaboration

Discern is pleased to announce a collaboration with NCQA to work together on projects that will advance the health care quality agenda through improvement activities, research, and measurement. Through this collaboration, Discern and NCQA will identify areas of mutual interest and build upon each organization’s strengths to implement a range of projects, including research and…

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Discern Participates in PhRMA Lunch and Learn

Partner Tom Valuck, MD, JD participated in a panel discussion at a recent Lunch and Learn sponsored by PhRMA. The subject of Tom’s presentation was “Quality Measurement in the Value-Based Health Care Environment.” The Lunch and Learn discussion provided perspective on the importance and use of measurement within the changing health care delivery and payment…

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Discern Expands Physical Space and Staff Capabilities

To accommodate our growing team and plans for the future, Discern Health has expanded our offices to occupy the entire second floor of our Baltimore office building. The space now provides 6,300 square feet of meeting rooms, cubicles, and offices for our more than 20 staff members. Expansion and modernization of our space is critical…

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Alice Sowinski-Rice Joins Discern as a Project Manager

Discern Health welcomes Alice Sowinski-Rice as a project manager. She will work on client projects and assist in the development of quality strategies. Alice has an extensive background in health care quality, measurement, and payment. Prior to joining Discern, Alice worked as the director of standards and research at a health consulting firm, where she…

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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. CPR’s Scorecard 1.0 looked at the breadth and depth of payment reform in the U.S. health care market. CPR will use Scorecard 2.0…

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Marissa Schlaifer Joins Discern Health as Senior Advisor Focused on Pharmacy Management Strategies

Discern Health welcomes Marissa Schlaifer, RPH, MS, as a senior advisor focused on quality measurement and value, specifically in patient-facing pharmacy value chain management. Our clients will benefit from Marissa’s 30-plus years of experience in pharmacy benefit management, managed care pharmacy, and community pharmacy. Most recently, Marissa served as the head of policy at CVS…

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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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