Palak Patel

Palak Patel is a Senior Project Manager at Discern Health. Palak has led various projects that promote the development of a high-performance health system, specifically through value-based payment and quality measurement. Her recent work includes conducting research and coordinating a multi-stakeholder convening to identify opportunities for improving patient-reported measures for oncology, reviewing comprehensive rulemaking documents to support clients’ understanding of value-based payment programs (e.g., Merit-based Incentive Payment System, Alternative Payment Models, Accountable Care Organizations), and supporting quality landscape scans and other quality initiatives to inform strategy development for clients in the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Discern, Palak contributed to administrative management and operations within the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (JHCC). The core focus of her work at JHCC involved financial analysis, quality improvement, and hospital operations. While completing her MHA, she also assisted in developing a recruitment strategy for Community Services Group, an organization focused on providing community-based services for intellectual and developmental disability and mental health in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Palak’s research experience and administrative training provided a strong foundation for her current work in the health policy and value-based-care environment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Value-based payment — Quality Payment Program
  • Quality measures
  • Policy analysis
  • Quality improvement


  • MHA – Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Biology and Psychology – University of Maryland College Park


  • Baltimore, MD

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