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Theresa Schmidt Joins Discern Health As Director

March 2018 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…

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Discern Health Adds New Project Staff

February 2018 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…

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

February 2018 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…

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Discern Report Addresses Framework For Sharing Risk Across Medical And Social Support Providers

February 2018 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…

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Discern Health Analysts Nathan Coffey And Eric Wahlstrom Promoted To Project Manager

January 2018 Discern Health is pleased to announce the promotions of Nathan Coffey and Eric Wahlstrom to the position of Project Manager. Both Nathan and Eric started with Discern in 2016 as Project Analysts and rapidly demonstrated their ability to provide excellent client support, research, and contributions on multiple value-based projects. Guy D’Andrea, Discern’s Managing…

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Discern Senior Advisor Marissa Schlaifer Co-Authors Health Affairs Blog

January 2018 “The Other Side Of Managed Competition: The Tension Between Protection And Innovation In Medicare Advantage And Part D Benefits,” a Health Affairs blog co-authored by Marissa Schlaifer and Mike Adelberg and published in December 2017, looks at the tension between protecting Medicare beneficiaries and innovating in benefit design as it plays out in…

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Discern Health Releases White Paper On Gaps In Technology-Related Quality Measures

January 2018 A new Discern white paper, titled “Medical Technology in the Value-Based Environment: An Assessment of Quality Measure Gaps” and sponsored by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), discusses the lack of adequate quality measures to effectively assess the value of medical technologies. The white paper identifies quality measurement opportunities and measure gaps for eight…

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PhRMA and Discern Health Collaborate To Publish PRO-PM Issue Brief

January 2018 The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Discern Health have published an issue brief on patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PMs). The brief describes the current state of PRO-PMs and identifies opportunities for their development, endorsement, and implementation. Discern Vice President and lead author of the brief, Sarah Sampsel, notes, “There is…

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Season’s Greetings From Discern Health

2017 was a year of continued change for the health care industry. The transition toward value-based care continues to accelerate, and stakeholders throughout the industry are focused on ensuring their organizations are positioned for long-term success. This has also been a busy year at Discern Health. We have continued to grow our staff and expertise…

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QPP Final Rule: Real Costs And Virtual Groups

On November 2, CMS issued the final rule for the Quality Payment Program. One issue addressed in the rule is the creation of “virtual physician groups” for quality reporting.  Many smaller practices had hoped to use a virtual grouping option within the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), but CMS acknowledges in the final rule that there…

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Tom Valuck Introduces Quality Measures

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