Theresa Schmidt

“The health care landscape continues to rapidly change. While this presents many challenges, it also offers an exciting opportunity to break out of existing silos, innovate, and improve care.”

Theresa Schmidt has over a decade of experience in health care policy, quality, and health information technology. She leverages a strong background in non-acute care, analytics, quality measures and quality improvement, project management, and agile product development methodologies to help Discern clients and partners achieve their business goals. Recent Discern projects include developing recommendations for improving patient-reported measures in oncology, identifying practices for increasing advance care planning, and designing a product to facilitate post-acute discharge placement.

Prior to joining Discern, Theresa served as the Chief Data and Quality Officer for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, where she led the Data and Quality Initiative, and as Vice President of Strategy at Healthsperien, where she partnered with provider and association clients to develop and execute business strategies, lead grants and consulting projects, and produce research on a variety of health care topics.

Theresa has also worked at Avalere Health, where she directed large-scale projects in the Data Analytics Practice and was the Product Manager for Avalere Quality Measures Navigator®, overseeing the product’s strategy, roadmap, development, launch, and go-to-market activities. She previously served the post-acute and long-term-care community as the Manager of Education at eHealth Data Solutions, where she headed education, product implementation, support, and documentation, working closely with providers across the United States.

Areas of Expertise

  • Post-acute, long-term, continuing, serious-illness, and end-of-life care
  • Quality measures and performance improvement
  • Payment models
  • Health information technologies and product management


  • MA, Sociology – Ohio State University
  • BA, Sociology and English – Oberlin College
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) – Project Management Institute
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) – Scrum Alliance


  • Washington, DC

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