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Theresa Schmidt Presents Findings on Patient-Reported Measures for Oncology

November 2019

During the 2019 LAN Summit in Washington, DC, Discern Health Director Theresa Schmidt joined colleagues from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Duke University Medical Center, Pacific Business Group on Health, and Project Patient Care for the panel “Quality Measurement: Getting to Better Measurement of Patient Engagement and Experience.” The panel addressed efforts underway…

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Donna Dugan Presents Strategies to Improve Care for Rural Communities at Risk for Opioid Addiction

November 2019

Discern Health Vice President Donna Dugan joined colleagues from the Rural Carrier Benefit Plan and TrestleTree at the 2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference for the panel “Improving Care for Rural Communities At-Risk for Opioid Abuse and Addiction.” The panelists led an informative discussion on the use of care coordination and patient engagement to improve care…

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Tom Valuck Discusses Measurement for Effective Value-Based Care in Oncology Podcast

November 2019

During the Journal of Clinical Pathways’ Oncology Clinical Pathways Congress, Outspoken Oncology podcast host Chadi Nabhan sat down with Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck and other health care leaders to discuss pathway integration in value-based care models, including the Oncology Care Model and other alternative payment models, and the increasing role of employers in value-based…

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Tom Valuck Presents Strengths and Weaknesses of the Oncology Care Model

November 2019

In October, Journal of Clinical Pathways (JCP) editorial board member and Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck joined colleagues from the Community Oncology Alliance and the University of Chicago for the JCP Oncology Clinical Pathways Congress panel, “The Oncology Care Model: Current Opinions and Future Perspectives.” During the panel, participants summarized the strengths and weaknesses of the current…

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Recommendations for Value-Based Payment Programs in Skilled Nursing Facilities

November 2019

The Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC) convened a panel and developed a white paper to address challenges in implementing value-based payment (VBP) programs in long-term and post-acute-care settings. Discern Health Director and AELTCC Secretary Theresa Schmidt co-led the white paper development, with contributions from other AELTCC stakeholders. The white paper, Putting “Value” Back In…

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Kendra Mehling Joins Discern Health as a Project Analyst

October 2019

Kendra Mehling recently joined Discern Health as a project analyst. She brings a public health focus to her work and currently supports projects related to oncology clinical pathways, diabetes, and value-based care. Kendra has experience in chronic disease prevention, pharmaceutical policy, and community health initiatives. Prior to joining Discern, Kendra completed a fellowship with Novo…

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CMMI Acting Director Presentation Summary: Future of Payment in Post-Acute & Long-Term Care

October 2019

On September 23, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Acting Director Amy Bassano joined an Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC) meeting, which was hosted at Discern Health’s Washington, DC office. During the meeting, she presented on the future of payment in post-acute and long-term care, provided updates on relevant payment models, and…

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Perspectives on the Current Oncology Value-Based Care Landscape from the NCCN Policy Summit

October 2019

On September 12, Discern attended the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Policy Summit: Defining, Measuring, and Applying Quality in an Evolving Health Policy Landscape and the Implications for Cancer Care. The summit presented diverse perspectives related to defining, measuring, and paying for quality as cancer care is inundated with innovative, personalized, and high-cost interventions. Experts…

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C-TAC Webinar Summary: Innovative Solutions & Best Practices for Improving Advance Care Planning

October 2019

Many factors can prevent individuals from examining, expressing, and documenting their wishes when faced with serious illness. On September 19, Discern Health Director Theresa Schmidt presented innovative solutions for improving access to advance care planning during the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) webinar, Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Advance Care Planning. Theresa joined industry colleagues from…

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Guy D’Andrea Appointed to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Steering Committee to Advance Health Equity

October 2019

Discern Health Managing Partner Guy D’Andrea was recently appointed to a project steering committee focused on cross-sector measurement to advance health equity. The project, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the American Institutes for Research, will explore measurement as a catalyst for alignment across the health care, public health,…

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New Report: Recommendations for Patient and Family Engagement in Measure Development

Harnessing the stories, ideas, and innovations of patient and caregiver partners is the key to making measurement meaningful. With support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)...
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