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Discern welcomes three new project analysts

Discern is excited to announce the addition of three new project analysts to our growing staff. Tess Donckels (MPH, Johns Hopkins University), Palak Patel (MPH, Penn State University), and Rachael Peroutky (MPH, Johns Hopkins University) each bring experience in research along with their master’s degrees in public health to Discern. We are already impressed with…

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Discern partners with Wide Angle Youth Media to launch video series

Discern has partnered with a local Baltimore non-profit that cultivates and amplifies the voices of Baltimore youth through film and media. Under the direction of Wide Angle Youth Media, Discern Partners Guy D’Andrea and Tom Valuck filmed short vignettes describing Quality Measures and Innovative Payment Models. To learn more about Wide Angle Youth Media, their events,…

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Discern-coached multiple sclerosis center receives NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Specialty Practice recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Carlo Tornatore and the entire staff at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Neurology’s Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center for achieving recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP).   This work is part of a first-of-its-kind clinical study, MS-Advance, sponsored by…

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Discern authors Health Affairs blog post on innovation in health benefits for serious illness

Discern Health recently authored a Health Affairs blog post that recommends policy changes to spur increased innovation in health benefits and improved access to care for the serious-illness population. The piece was written by Discern Director Russ Montgomery, Partner Tom Valuck, and Senior Advisor Andrew Webber.   The seriously ill, which are people with multiple…

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Tom Valuck Introduces Quality Measures

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Discern Director Theresa Schmidt Presents to the Hospice Community

Last month, Theresa Schmidt presented two webinars on topics for the hospice community. The April 11 session on “Hospice Data: How to make it work for, not against, your hospice” was delivered through the Hospice Compliance Network webinar series. This session discussed techniques for using data in performance improvement efforts; exploring problematic patterns to help…

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Discern Staff Present a Case Study at the PQA Conference

Discern VP Sarah Sampsel and Project Manager David Sloan presented at the PQA (Pharmacy Quality Alliance) Conference poster session in Baltimore on May 18. Their poster, “Improving Measure Maintenance Processes: Lessons from the Entresto© Case Study,” outlined the relationship between quality measure stewards and implementation. Using the heart failure medication Entresto© as a case study, the…

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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

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