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Discern Report Addresses Framework For Sharing Risk Across Medical And Social Support Providers

February 2018

The U.S. is the only developed country to spend more on health care services than on social services.  Though there is broad acceptance that social factors play a large role in health outcomes, few models exist that link the two processes.  A new report from Discern Health offers a framework to align risk and value-based…

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Discern Health Analysts Nathan Coffey And Eric Wahlstrom Promoted To Project Manager

January 2018

Discern Health is pleased to announce the promotions of Nathan Coffey and Eric Wahlstrom to the position of Project Manager. Both Nathan and Eric started with Discern in 2016 as Project Analysts and rapidly demonstrated their ability to provide excellent client support, research, and contributions on multiple value-based projects. Guy D’Andrea, Discern’s Managing Partner, adds,…

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Discern Senior Advisor Marissa Schlaifer Co-Authors Health Affairs Blog

January 2018

“The Other Side Of Managed Competition: The Tension Between Protection And Innovation In Medicare Advantage And Part D Benefits,” a Health Affairs blog co-authored by Marissa Schlaifer and Mike Adelberg and published in December 2017, looks at the tension between protecting Medicare beneficiaries and innovating in benefit design as it plays out in the Trump…

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Discern Health Releases White Paper On Gaps In Technology-Related Quality Measures

January 2018

A new Discern white paper, titled “Medical Technology in the Value-Based Environment: An Assessment of Quality Measure Gaps” and sponsored by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), discusses the lack of adequate quality measures to effectively assess the value of medical technologies. The white paper identifies quality measurement opportunities and measure gaps for eight combinations of…

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PhRMA and Discern Health Collaborate To Publish PRO-PM Issue Brief

January 2018

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Discern Health have published an issue brief on patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PMs). The brief describes the current state of PRO-PMs and identifies opportunities for their development, endorsement, and implementation. Discern Vice President and lead author of the brief, Sarah Sampsel, notes, “There is intense interest…

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Season’s Greetings From Discern Health

December 2017

2017 was a year of continued change for the health care industry. The transition toward value-based care continues to accelerate, and stakeholders throughout the industry are focused on ensuring their organizations are positioned for long-term success. This has also been a busy year at Discern Health. We have continued to grow our staff and expertise…

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QPP Final Rule: Real Costs And Virtual Groups

November 2017

On November 2, CMS issued the final rule for the Quality Payment Program. One issue addressed in the rule is the creation of “virtual physician groups” for quality reporting.  Many smaller practices had hoped to use a virtual grouping option within the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), but CMS acknowledges in the final rule that there…

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CMS Announces “Meaningful Measures” Initiative

November 2017

On October 30 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that CMS will focus on outcome-based measures going forward, as opposed to process measures. The goal of “Meaningful Measures” is to reduce administrative burden on providers, promote innovation, and track issues that are most vital to providing high-quality care. Discern Health has worked with numerous clients to assess…

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Discern Health Welcomes New Project Analyst

November 2017

Courtney Barbera is a new Project Analyst at Discern Health and will be supporting clients on a variety of projects. Prior to joining the Discern team, Courtney contributed to business development and communications efforts for an international development firm in Washington, D.C. She gained experience designing impact evaluations in both local and global health settings and,…

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Discern Vice President Donna Dugan Presents At NHPCO’s 2017 Interdisciplinary Conference

October 2017

Donna Dugan, PhD, MS, a vice president at Discern Health, recently presented on a panel at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Interdisciplinary Conference in San Diego, California. Donna was joined on the panel by Katy Barnett and Lee Goldberg of The Pew Charitable Trusts and Deborah Waldrop of the University of Buffalo….

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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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