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 Completes Project With Holy Cross Hospital

May 2017 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…

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Discern Health And NPC Host Webinar On Strategies To Improve Oncology Measurement

May 2017 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…

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

April 2017 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 innovative approaches. The public is invited to participate and…

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Register Now For Oncology Measurement Webinar On April 26

April 2017 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…

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ONC Releases Updated SAFER Guides

April 2017 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…

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Discern And NPC Identify Improvement Strategies For Oncology Measures

April 2017 Quality measures are a key element of value-based payment. Gaps in the measures used by accountable care programs to assess cancer care may ultimately lead to missed opportunities to improve quality and deliver appropriate care for patients. Discern Health and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) published a white paper in April 2017, “Improving Oncology…

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Discern Releases Reports On Serious Illness Care

April 2017 Discern has been hard at work on the topic of serious illness care. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Discern has engaged in several projects supporting the development of community-based, comprehensive care programs designed to address the unique needs of patients with serious illnesses. Working with Pew Charitable Trusts, Discern…

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Tom Valuck Introduces Quality Measures

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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

June 2018 Click here to view the VIDEO...
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