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MedTech Panel Summary: Strategic Uses of Real World Evidence to Demonstrate Value

October 2019

On September 25, Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck moderated the expert panel “Strategic Use of Post-Market Real World Evidence (RWE) to Demonstrate Value” during MedTech 2019 in Boston, MA. The panel was composed of health care data analytics and RWE innovation experts from The OCI Group, LLC; Milliman, Inc.; and Archimedic. The presentation focused on…

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Summary of the Latest Recommendations from the ASCO Quality Care Symposium

September 2019

The 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium in San Diego, CA presented the latest strategies and methods for quantification of patient experience, provider efficiency, clinical outcomes, and quality and safety in the cancer care field. This year, oncology quality experts focused on topics such as the quality of care across multisite…

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Discern Authors AJMC Article on the Impact of Quality Measures on Life Sciences Companies

September 2019

In partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Discern Health recently authored an article published in the American Journal of Managed Care, “Improving Quality Measure Maintenance: Navigating the Complexities of Evolving Evidence.” The article’s authors, including Discern Partner Tom Valuck, highlight the importance of ensuring that life sciences companies have quality strategies in place to update guidelines and…

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Quality Outlook: Discern and the Journal of Clinical Pathways Launch a New Blog Series

September 2019

Discern Health and the Journal of Clinical Pathways (JCP) have launched a new oncology-focused commentary series, Quality Outlook. The series, authored by JCP editorial board member and Discern Partner Tom Valuck and other Discern subject matter experts, explores key issues related to oncology quality and value, such as measurement, value-based payment, and quality improvement of…

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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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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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