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Discern Opens Washington, D.C. Office

February 2019

Discern Health has opened an office in Washington, D.C. Located one block from Union Station at 10 G Street, NE, the new office strengthens Discern’s proximity to health policy leaders and clients. The D.C. office has room for seven staff members and will complement Discern’s main office location in Baltimore. “We’re excited about this important…

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National Pharmaceutical Council and Discern Health Outline Strategies For Improving Patient-Reported Measures in Oncology

February 2019

(Washington, DC, February 21, 2019) – The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) and Discern Health today released a study that analyzes the landscape of available patient-reported measures (PRMs) and patient-reported performance measures (PR-PMs) in oncology and offers recommendations for filling gaps in measures and removing barriers to measure implementation. The study, “Improving Patient-reported Measures in Oncology,”…

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Join us for an Engaging Webinar Discussion on Patient-Reported Measures in Oncology Payment Programs

February 2019

Webinar: Amplifying the Patient Voice: Policy Solutions for Improving Patient-Reported Measures in Oncology Value-Based Payment Programs Thursday, February 28 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET In September 2018, NPC partnered with Discern Health to convene a roundtable of expert stakeholders to better understand the current state of patient-reported measurement in oncology and chart a…

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Discern’s Summary of CMS’ Quality Conference

February 2019

CMS held its annual Quality Conference in Baltimore from January 29th to 31st.  About 3,000 attendees gathered to hear about CMS’ progress in improving quality and their strategy for measurement and payment innovation.  As the conference made clear, CMS is making a huge investment in quality measurement and improvement initiatives across its portfolio of programs. Several…

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Valuck and Montgomery Publish Viewpoint Article in Journal of Clinical Pathways; Valuck Joins Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board

January 2019

Discern Health partner Tom Valuck, MD, JD, and Vice President Russ Montgomery, PhD, MHS, published a Viewpoint article in the December 2018 edition of the Journal of Clinical Pathways titled “Quality Measurement as a Tool for a Patient-Centered Approach to Assessing Value.” In the article, they outline how quality measures can be a tool for…

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Discern Welcomes Three New Staff Members

January 2019

Discern is excited to announce the recent addition of these talented staff members to our growing team. Alexis Malfesi, Project Manager. Alexis has a deep understanding of Discern’s work from her time at Lewin Group, where she led the development and ongoing maintenance of clinical quality measures in outpatient hospital settings and worked on alternative…

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Discern Releases Issue Brief on Improving Quality Measurement for Personalized Medicine

January 2019

Personalized medicine is a highly promising and rapidly evolving field in which a patient’s individual characteristics—their genetics, medical status, and care preferences—drive which medical therapies are used. In recent years, there have been significant advances in genetic testing and the development of novel therapies targeted to patients with certain genetic profiles. This is especially true…

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Discern Endorses New National Guidelines That Call For Improved Access To Palliative Care

November 2018

Palliative care can help people living with serious illness and their families deal with the physical symptoms and psychosocial burdens of illness and treatment. Although palliative care can be delivered concurrently with disease-focused treatment to improve quality of life, many Americans do not have access to needed services. To improve access to palliative care, new…

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Discern Health Is Seeking New Team Members

November 2018

Discern Health is looking to expand our capacity to provide strategic direction and solutions to government, health provider systems, health insurers, and life sciences companies. We’re seeking staff at all levels to join our client service teams in providing insightful qualitative research, quantitative analysis and evidence-based recommendations for quality strategies, performance measurement, and value-based care….

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Discern Plays Leadership Role In Primary Care Transformation

November 2018

Revitalizing primary care is crucial to achieving a high-quality, affordable, accessible, and efficient health care system. While the patient-centered medical home model has helped to transform the organization and delivery of primary care, new payment models are also required to support practices as they journey from fee-for-service to value-based health care. To support the increased…

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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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