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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 at CVS…

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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 measure gaps…

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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 in a…

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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 IT is…

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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 reviewed the…

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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 Valuck, discussed…

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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 comment. The…

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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 will include…

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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 updating the…

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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 Quality Measurement…

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

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 movement from vol...
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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

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