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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 been committed…

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Russ Montgomery Promoted To Vice President

July 2018

Discern Health is excited to announce the promotion of Russ Montgomery to Vice President. An expert in health policy and health care reform, Russ joined Discern in 2016. He leads projects for multiple clients focused on the development of quality measurement and value-based payment strategies. He also leads projects on data analytics, including developing shared…

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Discern Releases Moore Foundation Report On Medication Safety In Community Pharmacy

July 2018

With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Discern Health recently released a report on medication safety in community pharmacy, which includes chain and independent drug stores. The report, which was authored by Discern Senior Advisor and pharmacist Marissa Schlaifer, Vice President Russ Montgomery, and Project Manager Kaitlyn Whiton, explores the extent of the…

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Leadership At Discern

July 2018

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Working At Discern

July 2018

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Discern Welcomes Three New Project Analysts

June 2018

Discern is excited to announce the addition of three new project analysts to our growing staff. Tess Donckels (MPH, Johns Hopkins University), Palak Patel (MHA, 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

June 2018

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

June 2018

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 a…

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Discern Authors Health Affairs Blog Post On Innovation In Health Benefits For Serious Illness

June 2018

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 chronic…

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Tom Valuck Introduces Quality Measures

June 2018

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

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 vol...
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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

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