High Value Practice Academic 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 and that the cost of health care is now the biggest financial concern facing American families. Healthcare debt is a leading driver of personal bankruptcy and home foreclosure. Both insured and uninsured patients are burdened by medical bills. Confounding these issues is evidence that patients avoid necessary care (prescription refills, doctors appointments) because of cost. In response to these challenges, providers across the country are reflecting on their practice to identify opportunities and implement initiatives that improve patient care quality and safety while reducing costs. To efficiently and effectively advance this work on a national scale, the High Value Practice Academic Alliance was created in 2016, and faculty leaders from > 80 partner institutions representing 30 different medical specialties & subspecialties have joined the organization.