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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 VP Quoted In The Minnesota Star Tribune

November 2018

Russ Montgomery was recently called on by the Minnesota Star Tribune to comment about the long-term value and costs associated with new diabetes pumps and monitors. Russ has worked on several projects related to the value of medical devices in diabetes and other chronic conditions, and his inclusion in this article is clear recognition of…

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Discern Partner Tom Valuck To Lead Expert Panel At MedTech Conference

September 2018

At the MedTech Conference in Philadelphia, Tom Valuck, M.D., J.D., and expert panelists Keely Scamperle (W.L. Gore) and Peter Kelly (Abbott Laboratories) will lead an interactive discussion on “Quality Measurement Implications for Medical Technology in the Value-Based Environment.” Tom will ask Keely and Peter questions about hot topic issues they have faced as quality leaders…

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

September 2018

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 volume- to value-based health care. Payers are asking for more evidence of improved outcomes and lower costs to inform decisions about coverage…

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Dave Sloan, Ph.D., Promoted To Senior Project Manager

September 2018

Discern Health is pleased to announce the promotion of Dave Sloan to Senior Project Manager. In his five years at Discern, Dave has successfully managed a wide array of value-based health care projects and grown his expertise in health care policy and research. Dave excels at providing qualitative and quantitative analyses of client data sets…

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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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