pillars The Alliance

As the cost of health care in the United States continues to rise, of utmost concern are reports that medical bills are creating substantial hardships for patients. Health care debt is now the leading contributor to individual bankruptcy and home foreclosures. Both insured and uninsured patients are burdened by medical bills. Health care quality and safety are being compromised as patients avoid necessary care (prescription refills, doctors appointments) because of cost.

Medicine is a public trust, and to safeguard that trust, providers must lead the transition to value-based health care. As such, health care providers, health systems and professional societies across the US are working to improve medical practice in many ways, as defined by architecture of high value care:

Providers in all specialties and medical centers are reflecting on their practice to identify opportunities, implement initiatives and improve quality in these 5 areas. However, if we are to affect substantive change, academic institutions need to align these efforts and create a new model for collaboration. With faculty representatives from > 80 partner institutions and 18 different medical specialties, the High Value Practice Academic Alliance is a consortium working to accomplish this objective. Through cross-institutional collaboration, successful high value initiatives safely piloted in one academic center can be advanced nationally to efficiently lead large-scale improvements in health care value. Additionally, member institutions collaborate on education and research related to high value practice.

image002Engaging medical students, resident physicians, and fellows is critical for longstanding improvements in practice, so this a founding principle of the organization. Teams of faculty and house staff in the alliance are contributing to a compendium of peer-reviewed implementation guides, designed to assist others embarking on new value improvement initiatives within their health system. Our 1st guide has been published as a Special Communication in JAMA Internal Medicine

By joining forces, academic institutions can effectively refine health care on a national scale and inspire all medical centers to improve value. Additionally, we aim to demonstrate to patients that their providers are accountable for the quality of health care they deliver, as well as the quality of the US health care delivery system.

pillars National Research & EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

The inaugural national research and education conference of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance was held on October 8-9, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

The meeting featured the innovative work from 50 academic medical centers, delivered through 140 podium and poster presentations describing quality improvement projects to reduce unnecessary health care practice and medical school or GMEC high value educational curricula.

Poll of attendees at 1st HVPAA national conference.

The keynote speaker was Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins and Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality, and 5 faculty leaders in health care value delivered invited lectures.

Value-Based Management team from NYU Langone Health

The conference was a highly informative program for anyone in the health care industry interested in safely improving health care value, including hospital leadership (CEO, CQO,CMO, CFO), medical providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, house staff, medical students), administrators, payers and government regulators.

The program can be viewed here, and follow this link for the conference brochure: HVPAA_2017


pillars Become a member of the HVPAA

All academic medical institutions are invited to join the High Value Practice Academic AllianceThere is no membership fee. View the list of founding members.

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