Discern Health Contributes to the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub Strategic Plan

February 2020

The Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub (“the Hub”), a coordinated effort to develop a national strategic plan that will incentivize and/or require delivery of high-quality care for people living with a serious illness, has released the final version of the Hub Strategic Plan. The Hub is a three-year effort of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

To guide this work, CAPC convened experts across disciplines and sectors who are responsible for ensuring accountability for access and quality in health care. Discern Health Partner Tom Valuck participated in the Hub as a member advisor and as a member of the Accountability Committee.

Discern’s expertise in serious illness is also showcased in our work with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts, including the development of:

  • A report of proceedings from a roundtable of national experts in serious illness care quality and measurement,
  • A letter sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator that highlights recommendations from the report, and
  • A white paper on the current state of serious illness care and opportunities for improvement.

In addition, Discern provided input to and endorsed the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, which establish a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care for all people living with serious illness.

Finally, Discern is collaborating with the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) to set goals for improving quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, track progress toward those goals by supporting their Advanced Care Transformation IndexSM, and conduct research on evidence-based interventions to improve life for these vulnerable populations.

To learn more, download the Hub National Strategic Plan here and the In-Person Meeting Summary here.

For more information, please contact Theresa Schmidt at tschmidt@discernhealth.com.

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