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HHS Releases National Health Quality Roadmap to Align & Improve Programs

June 2020

  The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Health Quality Roadmap, a plan to align and improve quality measurement and data collection across its programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and the military and Veterans Affairs health systems. According to HHS,…

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Discern Health Offers Life Sciences Companies Solutions for Improved Quality & Market Differentiation

June 2020

Top-performing health care organizations understand that value-based care is a transformational force in the industry. Life sciences companies such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers are adapting their business models by implementing value and quality strategies that meet the demands of changing regulations, evolving science, new care delivery methods, and shifting patient priorities. Discern Health…

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Will Montgomery Joins Discern Health as Project Analyst

June 2020

Will Montgomery, MPH, recently joined Discern Health as a Project Analyst. In this role, Will will use his experience with communicable disease prevention methods, pediatric care delivery, vaccine policy and prescription drug monitoring programs, and community health research to support clients through projects related to quality improvement and value-based care strategies. Prior to joining Discern,…

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Discern Health Acts to Address Social Justice & Health Equity

June 2020

Events over the past several weeks have, yet again, demonstrated that the US has a significant amount of work to do to ensure equal treatment and rights for all citizens. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others are a tragic reminder of the systemic…

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New Report: Best Practices for Increasing Use of Advance Care Planning

May 2020

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) has released a report designed to identify strategies to boost the use of advance care planning (ACP), a practice that is now more important than ever as the world faces the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discern Health conducted the report research, which will help to further develop…

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Quality Outlook Blog: Why Indirect Benefits of Cancer Care Matter

May 2020

In the latest installment of Discern Health’s Quality Outlook blog series in the Journal of Clinical Pathways, Partner Tom Valuck and Directors David Blaisdell and Manasi Tirodkar explore how indirect benefits related to the use of cancer care products and services fit into health care value assessments. These indirect benefits include avoidance of costs to patients, caregivers, employers, and society…

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Discern Health Offers Vendor Solutions for Improved Quality and Market Differentiation

May 2020

As value-based care transforms the US health care system, health service and product vendors—including care management, health coaching, technology, and telehealth companies—must differentiate themselves in a competitive market. Health care vendors that proactively implement strategies, such as strengthening value propositions, expanding offerings, and developing strategic partnerships, can position themselves as leaders in the value-based environment….

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Takeaways from the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s “Quality Talks”

May 2020

Discern Health was a sponsor of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s annual “Quality Talks” conference that was held virtually on April 28. During the event, health care leaders participated in a series of stirring, succinct talks with ideas about how to collaboratively improve American health care, focusing on the implications of the current…

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Anne Johnson Joins Discern Health as Project Manager

May 2020

Anne Johnson, MPH, recently joined Discern Health as a Project Manager. Anne has 10 years of health policy and qualitative research experience and expertise in areas such as Affordable Care Act implementation and behavioral health policy. At Discern, she helps clients meet their goals by leveraging her experience in project management, stakeholder education and outreach,…

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Discern Health to Submit COVID-19 MIPS Improvement Activity to CMS

April 2020

Discern Health will develop and submit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a new Improvement Activity (IA) for inclusion in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program for physicians. The proposed IA will focus on personal protective equipment (PPE) management and training in physician practices. If accepted by CMS, the new IA would give credit…

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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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