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ONC Releases Updated SAFER Guides

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released updated SAFER Guides, providing direction to the field for assessment of EHR safety-related vulnerabilities. Key updates include recommendations to improve communication with patients about abnormal test results and an update to the Contingency Planning Guide. Discern Health aided ONC in updating the…

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DeLeo Family Medicine Achieves PCMH Level 3 Recognition

We are pleased to announce that our client, Dr. Rosemary DeLeo of DeLeo Family Medicine in Kingston, New York, recently achieved NCQA PCMH Level 3 recognition. This accentuates Discern’s record of guiding practices to transform patient care and achieve NCQA PCMH Level 3 recognition. Congratulations to the entire DeLeo team! For more information about Discern’s…

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Discern and NPC Identify Improvement Strategies for Oncology Measures

Quality measures are a key element of value-based payment. Gaps in the measures used by accountable care programs to assess cancer care may ultimately lead to missed opportunities to improve quality and deliver appropriate care for patients. Discern Health and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) published a white paper on April 4, “Improving Oncology Quality Measurement…

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Discern Releases Reports on Serious Illness Care

Discern has been hard at work on the topic of serious illness care. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Discern has engaged in several projects supporting the development of community-based, comprehensive care programs designed to address the unique needs of patients with serious illnesses. Working with Pew Charitable Trusts, Discern authored a…

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Sarah Sampsel, MPH, Joins Discern Health as Vice President

Discern welcomes Sarah Sampsel as a Vice President and newest member of the staff. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including delivery systems and insurance plans (Co-op, Exchange, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Commercial, and Behavioral Health). She has extensive knowledge of quality measurement, accreditation, compliance, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to…

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Discern and NPC Oncology Measures Study Identifies Gaps and Improvement Strategies

Quality measures are a key element of value-based payment and can help providers and payers identify improvement opportunities, track effectiveness of improvements over time, and set rewards for maintaining high-quality care while lowering costs. Gaps in the quality measures used by accountable care programs to assess cancer care may obscure problems in care delivery and…

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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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