W2O Group has acquired Discern Health, the Baltimore-based health economics and outcomes research firm.

DH, which also has an office in DC, advises clients on performance measures and payment models that shape the market for its products and services.

Founder Guy D'Andrea called "value-based care" a key driver in health system change.

“We’ve been working with W2O over the past year and have gotten to know each other well,” said Tom Valuck, DH partner, “Being part of the W2O team means that we can supercharge our capabilities and incorporate world-class analytics and insights into our work, bringing even greater resources to our clients and, ultimately, improving patient outcomes.”

The DH deal is the sixth acquisition made by W2O since New Mountain Capital invested in the San Francisco firm a year ago.