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Discern to Facilitate Discussion on Increasing Racial Equity in Nursing Homes

December 2020

The events of 2020—from the COVID-19 pandemic to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans—have brought both systemic racism and disparities in health outcomes into sharp focus. Recognizing that these issues extend into the post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) industry, the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC) is focusing…

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Guy D’Andrea Authors Chapter on ACO Quality Measures

December 2020

Discern Health Managing Partner Guy D’Andrea is the primary author of a chapter on quality measures in a new guide, Pathways to a Successful Accountable Care Organization, aimed at helping people through the complicated process of establishing and running a successful accountable care organization (ACO). The new book is edited by Peter A. Gross and…

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Manasi Tirodkar Investigates Patient-Centered Oncology Care

December 2020

Discern Health Director Manasi Tirodkar recently co-authored two articles that investigate the implementation of a patient-centered oncology care model and standards. In the American Journal of Managed Care article, “Patient-Centered Oncology Care: Impact on Utilization, Patient Experiences, and Quality,” Manasi and team determine whether the implementation of patient-centered oncology standards in five medical oncology practices…

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Jan Ileto Brings Health Care Disparities Experience to Discern Health

December 2020

Jan Ileto recently joined Discern Health as a Project Analyst. In this role, Jan uses her experience in community health research, immigrant health, and health care disparities to support projects related to quality of care and value-based processes. Before joining Discern, Jan completed an internship with HCBS Strategies, where she provided project management support on…

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Discern Health Presents Findings on Data and Quality Measures at National Registry Meeting

September 2020

Discern Health Director Kaitlyn Whiton and Project Manager Courtney Barbera recently presented work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at the virtual American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2020 National Meeting. The Discern presentation, The Importance of Comprehensive Immunization Data for Quality Measurement, was one of four presentations that focused on data use. Watch the presentation here. For more…

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Discern Health Clients Gather to Take on Tough Issues

September 2020

On Tuesday, September 22nd, Discern hosted its third annual client convening to discuss mutual opportunities and challenges related to quality measures and value-based care. More than 40 individuals representing 25 life sciences organizations participated in the event. This year’s convening was fully virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants still had the ability to interact…

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W2O Relaunches the Redeeming Value Podcast

September 2020

The W2O Value and Access Communications team is (re)launching its “Redeeming Value” podcast with an emphasis on bringing the voices of those driving the conversation to your earbuds. This month, we dipped our toe into the audio waters, speaking with Jason Buxbaum, the first author on this month’s critical Health Affairs paper and a Harvard…

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Olamide Adebowale Brings EHR Integration Experience to Discern Health

September 2020

Olamide Adebowale, MPH, recently joined Discern Health as a Project Analyst. In this role, she supports client projects through the implementation of value-based processes. Olamide leverages her public health training and background in community health programming to promote equity in health care while enabling the delivery of quality, cost-effective care. Prior to joining Discern, Olamide…

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Discern Health Investigates Care Coordination for Multiple Myeloma

August 2020

In a new article in the Journal of Clinical Pathways, Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck, Director David Blaisdell, and co-authors from Tennessee Oncology, Cardinal Health, and Bristol Myers Squibb investigate how a large US community oncology practice views quality in multiple myeloma (MM) care, perceived gaps in care, and potential solutions and measurement opportunities. This…

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Manasi Tirodkar Assesses Cancer Patient Care Experiences in Outpatient Oncology Practices

August 2020

Cancer patients’ experience of care is an important component of quality that has not previously been used for comparing performance. In a new article in the journal Medical Care, Discern Health Director Manasi Tirodkar and colleagues from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, RAND Inc., and Independence Blue Cross explore results from a new patient…

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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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