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Discern team members author two publications in the Journal of Palliative Medicine

Discern Partner Tom Valuck and Director Russ Montgomery authored two articles in a recent supplemental issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. In their article “Data Needs for a Serious Illness Care Accountability System: A Framework and Recommendations,” they highlight the additional data that are needed to implement more robust measurement systems, value-based payment models,…

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Discern Health staff present at National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Discern successfully submitted an abstract titled “Measuring the Quality of Personalized Medicine: A Review of the Current Approach and Vision for the Future” to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) as part of our work with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on quality measurement for personalized medicine. In March, Discern Director Russ…

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Discern Health approved as health policy contractor by the state of Maryland

The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) has approved Discern as a vendor for its new Multi-Functional, Multi-Award Technical Assistance Program. This action will allow Discern to bid on projects that will advance Maryland’s efforts to transform health care delivery. The HSCRC approved Discern as a vendor for two key functional areas. The first is…

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Discern Health promotes David Blaisdell to Director

Please join Discern in congratulating David Blaisdell on his promotion to Director. Managing Partner Guy D’Andrea says, “This well-deserved promotion is based on the thoughtfulness, diligence, and insight that David brings to each of his projects. David is among Discern’s longest-tenured team members, and we are so pleased that he is building his career with us.”…

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Discern Engaged in Maryland Health Transformation Efforts

Earlier this year, at the request of the Maryland Department of Health, a Stakeholder Innovation Group was convened to disseminate new models of care and population health management to Maryland’s health care community. Such innovations are especially important in Maryland because of the state’s unique payment model, which holds hospitals accountable for the total cost of care….

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National Quality Forum (NQF) Panel Highlights Role of Life Sciences Companies in Quality Measurement and Population Health

At the NQF Annual Conference on March 13, a panel of industry leaders discussed the roles of life sciences companies in developing and implementing health care quality measures, and connecting measures to improving population health. The panelists focused on the important contributions of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to achieving population health goals and generating evidence. The…

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Theresa Schmidt Joins Discern Health as Director

Discern is excited to announce that Theresa Schmidt has joined our growing team. With over a decade of experience in health care policy and health information technology, Theresa leverages a strong background in post-acute care, analytics, quality measures and quality improvement, project management, and agile product development methodologies to help Discern clients and partners achieve…

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Discern Health Adds New Project Staff

Katy McConnell joined Discern in January 2018 as a project analyst. She supports multiple projects related to quality measurement in oncology care. Prior to joining Discern, Katy conducted qualitative research on the role of public health social workers in the global health sphere at Boston University’s Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. While…

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Discern Vice President Erik Muther Co-Authors Primary Care Transparency Report

Discern Health Vice President Erik Muther and Mary C. Stock Keister, MD, of the Lehigh Valley Health Network recently co-authored a summary report of recommendations to improve primary care transparency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The high-level report describes the output of a multi-stakeholder workgroup of 22 health care leaders. The Pennsylvania Department of Health…

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Discern Report Addresses Framework for Sharing Risk Across Medical and Social Support Providers

The U.S. is the only developed country to spend more on health care services than on social services.  Though there is broad acceptance that social factors play a large role in health outcomes, few models exist that link the two processes.  A new report from Discern Health offers a framework to align risk and value-based…

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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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