Dr. Russ Montgomery joined Discern as a Project Director in July 2016. Russ leads projects on payment models, data analytics, and measurement strategy. He has significant experience in health care delivery system and payment reform, as well as expertise in health care quality and outcomes research.


Russ previously held leadership positions at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), including serving as Director of the Office of Population Health, Director of the Governor’s Council on Health Quality and Cost, and Policy Advisor. In these roles, Dr. Montgomery worked on a series of major health reform initiatives, including population health strategies to support Maryland’s hospital global budgets and advanced primary care models. He also led the State Health Improvement Process, which sets performance targets for population health outcomes at the county level in Maryland, and worked with CRISP, the state health information exchange, on deployment of health care utilization reports and dashboards.


Prior to joining DHMH, Dr. Montgomery held positions at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medical Technology Policy, where he managed consulting projects in outcomes research, clinical guideline development, and payment policy for public and private sector clients.


Dr. Montgomery holds a doctoral degree in health services research and a master’s degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he currently serves as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management.


Recent Posts by Russ Montgomery

Innovation In Serious Illness Care Payment: Progress To Date And Opportunities For The New Administration

Discern Health recently developed a framework of principles for payment models to promote the delivery of community-based, comprehensive, high-quality, affordable serious illness care. Here are some key opportunities for policymakers to continue progress toward high-value care for the seriously ill.