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Access Update: Coverage Disparities and the Consequences

August 2020

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund highlighted results from the group’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey, sounding the alarm about a looming health care affordability crisis. Forty-three percent of working-age adults lack access to stable insurance. The report also found higher uninsured rates among people of color, with more than a third of Latino adults,…

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Discern Health Offers Evidence-Based Solutions for Associations, Societies, and Advocacy Organizations

August 2020

Organizations aimed at engaging, educating, and promoting the interests of key health care stakeholder groups continue to play an essential role in the US value-based care environment. Discern Health partners with these clients to pursue strategies that enhance care quality and patient outcomes while promoting organizational goals. By understanding and applying health care policy, conducting…

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Discern Health Offers Health Plan Solutions for Reduced Costs and Improved Outcomes

July 2020

For more than a decade, top-performing health plans have committed to improving population health and lowering costs through innovative value-based payment models. To be effective, such models must have clearly defined measures, align with other public and private efforts, and be practical to implement. These value-based models also need to keep pace with changes in…

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Theresa Schmidt Presents on the Value of Shared Decision-Making

July 2020

Shared decision-making (SDM) has been called the “pinnacle of patient-centered care” and shown to increase patient satisfaction, reduce decisional conflict, and improve care outcomes. However, less is known about the impact of SDM on health care costs and utilization, as well as potential unintended consequences of SDM. Does SDM reduce low-value care, or is it…

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Discern Health Submits COVID-Related Improvement Activity to CMS

July 2020

At the end of June, Discern Health submitted to CMS a proposed new Improvement Activity (IA) for use in its physician Quality Payment Program. The IA addresses the need for physician practices to plan for use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will better prepare the US health system to respond to infectious disease pandemics…

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W2O Acquires Discern Health to Offer Expertise in Value-based Care Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

July 2020

Sixth acquisition in just over a year deepens firm’s value, access and pricing insights, policy, communications, marketing and consulting capabilities San Francisco and Baltimore, July 28, 2020 – W2O, the leading independent provider of analytics-driven, technology-enabled marketing and communications solutions to the healthcare sector, today announced the acquisition of Discern Health. This health economics and…

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Donna Dugan Presents on Improving Quality for Rural Communities At Risk for Opioid Abuse

June 2020

The 2020 Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Annual Meeting attracted health care executives and quality professionals from across PQA’s multi-stakeholder membership. The three-day meeting featured many speakers and educational sessions addressing top issues and emerging trends in medication quality, measure development and implementation, care transformation, and technology. During the virtual meeting, Discern Health Vice President Donna…

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HHS Releases National Health Quality Roadmap to Align & Improve Programs

June 2020

  The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Health Quality Roadmap, a plan to align and improve quality measurement and data collection across its programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and the military and Veterans Affairs health systems. According to HHS,…

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Discern Health Offers Life Sciences Companies Solutions for Improved Quality & Market Differentiation

June 2020

Top-performing health care organizations understand that value-based care is a transformational force in the industry. Life sciences companies such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers are adapting their business models by implementing value and quality strategies that meet the demands of changing regulations, evolving science, new care delivery methods, and shifting patient priorities. Discern Health…

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Will Montgomery Joins Discern Health as Project Analyst

June 2020

Will Montgomery, MPH, recently joined Discern Health as a Project Analyst. In this role, Will will use his experience with communicable disease prevention methods, pediatric care delivery, vaccine policy and prescription drug monitoring programs, and community health research to support clients through projects related to quality improvement and value-based care strategies. Prior to joining Discern,…

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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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