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

December 2017 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…

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QPP Final Rule: Real Costs And Virtual Groups

November 2017 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…

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CMS Announces “Meaningful Measures” Initiative

October 2017 On October 30 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that CMS will focus on outcome-based measures going forward, as opposed to process measures. The goal of “Meaningful Measures” is to reduce administrative burden on providers, promote innovation, and track issues that are most vital to providing high-quality care. Discern Health has worked with numerous clients…

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Discern Health Welcomes New Project Analyst

November 2017 Courtney Barbera is a new Project Analyst at Discern Health and will be supporting clients on a variety of projects. Prior to joining the Discern team, Courtney contributed to business development and communications efforts for an international development firm in Washington, D.C. She gained experience designing impact evaluations in both local and global health…

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Discern Vice President Donna Dugan Presents At NHPCO’s 2017 Interdisciplinary Conference

October 2017 Donna Dugan, PhD, MS, a vice president at Discern Health, recently presented on a panel at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Interdisciplinary Conference in San Diego, California. Donna was joined on the panel by Katy Barnett and Lee Goldberg of The Pew Charitable Trusts and Deborah Waldrop of the University…

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Discern Health Welcomes New Project Manager

October 2017 Kaitlyn Whiton is a public health professional who is interested in transforming healthcare through data analysis and data based decision-making tools. Most recently, she was a policy analyst at The Hilltop Institute where she worked on research and policy analysis related to vulnerable populations, especially in the areas of development disabilities and chronic…

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Tom Valuck Participates In National Coalition For Hospice and Palliative Care Stakeholder Strategic Directions Summit

October 2017 Partner Tom Valuck was invited to participate in the recent National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Stakeholder Strategic Directions Summit in Chicago. The Summit brought together over 60 representatives from 43 national organizations that covered a broad range of care settings, provider/professional associations, accrediting bodies, payers, and community services organizations. The purpose…

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Quality and Performance Measurement Initiatives For Multiple Sclerosis

September 2018 Discern has served as an advisor and subject matter expert for two large pharmaceutical  clients’ separate multiple sclerosis  (MS) quality and performance measurement initiatives. For one client, using a multi-pronged approach to measure development, implementation, and quality improvement, Discern has supported coordination of activities among stakeholders through national health care organizations including the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), the…

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Discern Health Adds New Vice President

September 2017 Erik Muther joins Discern Health from the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA), where he served as the managing director. Erik was the founding executive director of PHCQA before it merged with Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF).  He has over 22 years of health care experience leading a wide range of quality measurement,…

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

September 2018 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 mo...
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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

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