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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 Illness Measures Into Medicare Programs.” The Health Affairs blog post describes the output of a multi-stakeholder panel of 16 experts who identified and prioritized measure gaps…

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Discern Project Director Russ Montgomery Presents at Population Health Conference in Switzerland

Russ Montgomery, PhD, MHS, a project director at Discern Health, recently attended a Population Health Conference in Bern, Switzerland. The focus of this conference was to identify transatlantic partnerships on high-priority health policy topics between the United States and Switzerland. During the conference, Russ presented an overview of US health care payment models in a…

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Discern Managing Partner Presents at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

On April 25, Discern Health Managing Partner Guy D’Andrea was a guest lecturer at a graduate-level health IT policy and administration class at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The focus of Guy’s presentation was the health information technology (IT) aspects of the new Medicare payment programs for physicians. As Guy described to the class,…

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Discern Completes Project With Holy Cross Hospital

Discern Health recently completed a project advising Holy Cross Hospital, a community hospital in Maryland with over 400 beds, on how to reduce unplanned 30-day readmissions. Holy Cross Hospital is a part of the Trinity Health system and has approximately 35,000 inpatient visits each year. To identify the hospital’s opportunities for improvement, Discern reviewed the…

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Discern Health and NPC Host Webinar on Strategies to Improve Oncology Measurement

On April 26, Discern Health partnered with the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) to host a webinar discussing the findings of the recently published “Improving Oncology Quality Measurement in Accountable Care” white paper. The webinar, which was moderated by NPC Vice President of Health Services Research Kimberly Westrich and featured Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck, discussed…

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ONC Roundtable Discussion: Innovations in the Use of Electronic Health Data for eMeasurement and Quality Improvement Web Meeting

On Thursday, May 4, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm ET, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), supported by Discern Health, will host a roundtable discussion on opportunities to foster innovation in electronic data exchange for eMeasurement and quality improvement. National thought leaders will share their experiences and insights about…

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Register Now for Oncology Measurement Webinar on April 26

NPC will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00-2:30 PM ET called “Improving Oncology Measurement in Accountable Care.” The webinar will address findings in NPC and Discern’s white paper on the topic released April 4. The webinar will be moderated by Kimberly Westrich, VP, Health Services Research at NPC. Webinar presenters will include…

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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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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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