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How Life Sciences Companies Can Assess Quality and Value Strategy Progress

January 2021

Value-based care is creating new market demands for life sciences companies. Discern Health has worked with numerous life sciences clients to navigate these new demands and identify opportunities for further integration of quality and value into life sciences strategy. We have also identified concrete steps that life sciences companies can take to overcome barriers to…

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Biden’s Advisors: A Drug-Pricing Reading List

December 2020

A new administration means a fresh set of policy approaches but it also means new people who can guide the process of turning those approaches into legislative and regulatory action. President-elect Biden is building out that team, which now includes California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, nominated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Center for American…

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Discern Develops a Framework for Life Sciences Quality and Value Strategy

December 2020

Value-based care is creating dynamic change in the US health care system. For the past 20 years, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurers have moved steadily toward performance-based payment models for providers and health plans. These trends have motivated doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers to organize into integrated delivery systems, both to improve their…

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Discern and Partners Publish Patient-Reported Measures Call to Action for Payers

December 2020

Payers play a critical role in promoting high-value patient care, and patient-reported measures (PRMs) and performance measures (PR-PMs) are key to bringing patient voices into value-based care and payment. Discern Health and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) published a call to action for payers in a viewpoint article in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy….

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Discern Leads Study to Support Arizona Serious Illness Outcomes Improvement

December 2020

Discern Health recently completed a best practices study in collaboration with the Arizona Coalition to Transform Serious Illness Care (AZ Coalition) to identify community-based strategies to help people with serious illness in Arizona manage health conditions, reduce the risk of adverse events, and increase the number of days at home. The AZ Coalition is a…

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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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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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Guy D’Andrea Speaks About Innovative Payment Models

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