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Theresa Schmidt Presents Innovative Solutions for Improving Advance Care Planning

August 2019

On September 19, Discern Health Director Theresa Schmidt will join industry colleagues from Vital Decisions, HopeHealth, and Stratis Health for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) webinar, Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Advance Care Planning. During the webinar, panelists will discuss the latest research on best practices and regional variation in strategies for addressing…

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Discern Publication Recommends Patient-Centeredness & Transparency for Improving Value Assessments

August 2019

Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck and Director Matthew Castner co-authored the recent Journal of Clinical Pathways Counterpoint article, “Incorporating Patient Perspectives and Transparency for Patient-Centered Value Assessment.” The article, which responds to Surabhi Dangi-Garimella’s Viewpoint article, “The Value of a Transparent, Inclusive Assessment Tool in Health Care,” discusses how the development of more patient-centered value assessment methods is…

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Discern Offers Employee Training Solutions for Quality Measurement & Value-Based Payment

August 2019

The growing trend of tying US health care spending to quality measures and value-based payment models is driving rapid change in our health care system and is creating unprecedented challenges for health care organizations. Education and training can play a significant role in determining health care professionals’ understanding of the evolving health care system and…

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Discern’s Summary of CMS’ Latest Guidance on Quality Measurement & Risk-Based Contracting

August 2019

Discern Health recently joined and summarized two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) webinars, Patient-Centered Quality Measurement: What It Is and How to Get Involved and Risk Based Contracts: How to Make the Valuable Transition. The patient-centered quality measurement webinar presented an overview of the key concepts that go into CMS’ quality measures and…

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Discern Health Employees Learn About New Value-Based Care Initiative

July 2019

  How can health systems expand access to care while providing high-quality and innovative treatments to patients? In July, several of Discern Health’s new employees and interns attended Measuring and Improving Value-Based Health Care to learn about a new initiative that aims to answer this challenging question. The event was co-hosted by the American College…

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Discern Health Assesses Viability of Obesity Performance Measures

July 2019

Over the past year, Discern Health, in partnership with the American Medical Group Association and in parallel with the Obesity Care Model Collaborative (OCMC), has been engaged in an initiative to assess the viability of a subset of the OCMC measures for consideration as performance measures. Discern will determine whether the measures are viable to…

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Service Spotlight: Add a Quality Landscape Analysis to Your Strategy Toolbox

July 2019

A quality landscape analysis is a tool that helps lay the foundation of an informed, comprehensive quality strategy. Through various landscape analyses, organizations can learn about internal and external factors affecting their markets and the health care environment, discover gaps and areas for improvement, and receive recommendations that support their decision-making processes. Discern Health helps…

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Discern Health Moderates Two Panels on Patient-Reported Measures in Oncology

June 2019

In May, Discern Health Director Theresa Schmidt moderated two panels that built on the discussion presented in the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) and Discern white paper, Improving Patient-reported Measures in Oncology. The panels at the annual meetings of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) discussed gaps…

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CMS Transitions Away from Free Technical Assistance in Quality Payment Program

June 2019

On June 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that its technical assistance for certain providers in its Quality Payment Program (QPP) would be phased out. In 2017, CMS launched a free technical assistance program for clinicians participating in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as part of an education and…

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Discern Health Hires New Staff Members

June 2019

We are pleased to add the following project analysts to our growing staff. Osvaldo Arambulo completed his master’s degree in health policy at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his time at JHU, Osvaldo worked as a research assistant at the world-renowned JHU Center for Gun Policy and Research. Osvaldo…

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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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