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Discern Completes Project With Holy Cross Hospital

May 2017

Discern Health recently completed a project advising Holy Cross Hospital, a community hospital in Maryland with over 400 beds, on how to reduce unplanned 30-day readmissions. Holy Cross Hospital is a part of the Trinity Health system and has approximately 35,000 inpatient visits each year. To identify the hospital’s opportunities for improvement, Discern reviewed the…

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Discern Health And NPC Host Webinar On Strategies To Improve Oncology Measurement

May 2017

On April 26, Discern Health partnered with the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) to host a webinar discussing the findings of the recently published “Improving Oncology Quality Measurement in Accountable Care” white paper. The webinar, which was moderated by NPC Vice President of Health Services Research Kimberly Westrich and featured Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck, discussed…

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ONC Roundtable Discussion: Innovations in the Use of Electronic Health Data For eMeasurement And Quality Improvement Web Meeting

April 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), supported by Discern Health, will host a roundtable discussion on opportunities to foster innovation in electronic data exchange for eMeasurement and quality improvement. National thought leaders will share their experiences and insights about innovative approaches. The public is invited to participate and comment. The…

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Register Now For Oncology Measurement Webinar On April 26

April 2017

NPC will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00-2:30 PM ET called “Improving Oncology Measurement in Accountable Care.” The webinar will address findings in NPC and Discern’s white paper on the topic released April 4. The webinar will be moderated by Kimberly Westrich, VP, Health Services Research at NPC. Webinar presenters will include…

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ONC Releases Updated SAFER Guides

April 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released updated SAFER Guides, providing direction to the field for assessment of EHR safety-related vulnerabilities. Key updates include recommendations to improve communication with patients about abnormal test results and an update to the Contingency Planning Guide. Discern Health aided ONC in updating the…

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Discern And NPC Identify Improvement Strategies For Oncology Measures

April 2017

Quality measures are a key element of value-based payment. Gaps in the measures used by accountable care programs to assess cancer care may ultimately lead to missed opportunities to improve quality and deliver appropriate care for patients. Discern Health and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) published a white paper in April 2017, “Improving Oncology Quality Measurement…

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Discern Releases Reports On Serious Illness Care

April 2017

Discern has been hard at work on the topic of serious illness care. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Discern has engaged in several projects supporting the development of community-based, comprehensive care programs designed to address the unique needs of patients with serious illnesses. Working with Pew Charitable Trusts, Discern authored a…

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Sarah Sampsel, MPH, Joins Discern Health As Vice President

March 2017

Discern welcomes Sarah Sampsel as a Vice President and newest member of the staff. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including delivery systems and insurance plans (Co-op, Exchange, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Commercial, and Behavioral Health). She has extensive knowledge of quality measurement, accreditation, compliance, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to…

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Discern And NPC Oncology Measures Study Identifies Gaps And Improvement Strategies

March 2017

Quality measures are a key element of value-based payment and can help providers and payers identify improvement opportunities, track effectiveness of improvements over time, and set rewards for maintaining high-quality care while lowering costs. Gaps in the quality measures used by accountable care programs to assess cancer care may obscure problems in care delivery and…

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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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