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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 VP Erik Muther Contributes to Health Plan Collaboration Report

May 2019

The Milbank Memorial Fund published a report on how competitor health plans can collaborate. One of three regions featured in the article is the greater Philadelphia area, where Discern Vice President Erik Muther acts as the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) convener. The convener role can be essential to successful collaboration if a region’s health…

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Discern Hosts Bring Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day

May 2019

On April 25, Discern proudly participated in our first Bring Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Chaos ensued. In reality, we managed to build a morning of fun and engaging activities for a dozen children of staff. We explained how we work with doctors, hospitals, policymakers, and drug and medical device manufacturers to improve…

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Sara Valek Joins Discern as Project Manager

May 2019

Sara Valek joined Discern in May. She will immediately add to our growing capabilities and capacity in quality, particularly focused in oncology. Prior to joining Discern, Sara worked at the Maryland Department of Health, leading several technical working groups under the Cancer Coalition umbrella. Previously, Sara worked with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and…

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Courtney Barbera Promoted to Project Manager

May 2019

We’re excited to announce Courtney Barbera’s promotion to Project Manager. Courtney is focused on advancing quality and leveraging health information technology to improve care across a variety of settings. She has contributed to developing quality strategies to improve and measure health outcomes for vulnerable populations; analyzing policies and generating strategies related to health information technology,…

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Gracelena Ignacio Joins Discern as Director of Business Development and Marketing

May 2019

We’re excited to add Gracelena Ignacio to our team to help guide our clients on the journey to a high-value health system. Gracelena will focus on communicating the impact of Discern’s initiatives and stair-stepping those successes into projects that continuously improve patient outcomes and efficiency and reduce costs. Prior to joining Discern, Gracelena worked in…

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Discern Publishes Blog Post on Personalized Medicine

May 2019

Discern Partner Tom Valuck and Vice President Russ Montgomery co-authored a recent Health Affairs blog post on personalized medicine and quality measurement. The post describes the tensions between standardization and personalization and recommends approaches for aligning quality measurement with personalized medicine. Read the blog post here. For more information please contact Russ Montgomery at rmontgomery@discernhealth.com.

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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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