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Maryland Illustrates Opportunities And Challenges Of Value-Based System Transformation

September 2017 Maryland has long been at the forefront of health care reform.  The state’s unique hospital payment system, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers, sets global hospital budgets that include both inpatient and outpatient hospital services.  The state facilitated a multi-year patient-centered medical home program, and CareFirst, the largest commercial insurer, has also…

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Partner Tom Valuck Presents On Patient-Centered Care

July 2017 Tom Valuck, MD, JD presented at two recent Astellas-sponsored events on the importance of capturing the patient perspective to help shape the future of health care. The presentations were given in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Urological Association (AUA) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Both presentations focused…

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NCQA And Discern Announce Collaboration

July 2017 Discern is pleased to announce a collaboration with NCQA to work together on projects that will advance the health care quality agenda through improvement activities, research, and measurement. Through this collaboration, Discern and NCQA will identify areas of mutual interest and build upon each organization’s strengths to implement a range of projects, including…

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Discern Participates In PhRMA Lunch And Learn

July 2017 Partner Tom Valuck, MD, JD participated in a panel discussion at a recent Lunch and Learn sponsored by PhRMA. The subject of Tom’s presentation was “Quality Measurement in the Value-Based Health Care Environment.” The Lunch and Learn discussion provided perspective on the importance and use of measurement within the changing health care delivery…

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Discern Expands Physical Space And Staff Capabilities

July 2017 To accommodate our growing team and plans for the future, Discern Health has expanded our offices to occupy the entire second floor of our Baltimore office building. The space now provides 6,300 square feet of meeting rooms, cubicles, and offices for our more than 20 staff members. Expansion and modernization of our space…

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Discern Health Presents Potential Measures For Catalyst For Payment Reform’s Scorecard For Payment Reform 2.0

June 2017 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. CPR’s Scorecard 1.0 looked at the breadth and depth of payment reform in the U.S. health care market. CPR will use…

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Marissa Schlaifer Joins Discern Health As Senior Advisor Focused On Pharmacy Management Strategies

June 2017 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…

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Health Affairs Blog Post Highlights Discern’s Work On Serious Illness Care

June 2017 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…

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Discern Project Director Russ Montgomery Presents At Population Health Conference In Switzerland

May 2017 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…

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Discern Managing Partner Presents At University Of Maryland, Baltimore County

May 2017 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, health…

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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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