2019 National Conference

 HVPAA and the American Hospital Association invite all medical providers to participate in the 3rd annual Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference, the premier information sharing venue for physician-led care transformation, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Join us on November 15-17, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center for a meeting designed to efficiently advance high value care performance improvement across the country.

The mission of the annual conference is to share leading practices and provide immersive skill-building experience around value-based care. More than 200 poster and podium abstract presentations from 80 medical centers will detail initiatives that have improved health care quality and safety while reducing costs of care for patients, investigate outcomes to ensure that practice refinement maintains or improves diagnostic or therapeutic efficacy, and determine the best methodologies to improve the value of care providers deliver. Performance improvement guidance and support are provided through multiple focused workshops and round-table information sharing sessions monitored by national experts.

The following pages provide links to the abstracts. To view these, you must create a free account on the abstract submission site.

Abstract Submission Categories (adult and pediatric medicine)
  • Improving diagnostic appropriateness
  • Improving treatment/interventional appropriateness
  • Clinical care pathways
  • Reducing unwarranted practice variability
  • Optimization of patient care setting to reduce ED visits and hospitalizations
  • Improving transitions including hospital discharge
  • Preventive medicine
  • Effective; cost transparency for patients
  • Evidence-based screening
  • Provider behavior modification
  • Information technology innovation
  • High value care educational curricula

**NEW** Meet the Professor: Round Table Discussion

New for 2019: information sharing round table discussions moderated by national experts on Friday November 15th (times TBD), designed to facilitate success and create networks across institutions working on similar performance improvement initiatives. Topics include:

Clinical Program Building

  • High value team program building
  • Radiology Stewardship
  • Laboratory Testing Stewardship
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Transfusions
  • Best Practice Pathways
  • Discharge Transitions & Readmissions
  • Pediatric High Value Care

Care Redesign/Total Cost of Care

  • CHF
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Nonemergent ED Visits
  • Substance Use


  • Educational curriculum design for medical school
  • Educational curriculum design for graduate medical education
High Value Bootcamp Workshops

Held on Saturday November 16 and Sunday November 17, 12 workshops will be directed by faculty from multiple academic medical centers who have implemented initiatives to improve quality & safety while reducing costs in the topic area.

Clinical Performance Improvement

  • Medical pathways
  • ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) pathways
  • Preoperative testing
  • Radiology stewardship
  • Infectious disease/antibiotic stewardship
  • Opioid stewardship**
  • Interprofessional team building

High Value Program Operations

  • Starting a high value program and selling it to your leadership
  • Nuts & bolts of value improvement Part I: Informatics
  • Nuts & bolts of value improvement Part II: Analytics


  • Designing a high value care medical school curriculum
  • Designing a high value care GME curriculum

Pre-conference “Order Wisely” Friday, November 15th

Targeted presentations by national experts on high value tests and treatments for common medical conditions, tailored to patient care setting. Includes review of appropriate imaging for CMS Priority Clinical Areas, to prepare providers for the CMS AUC Program beginning January 2020.



  • Best residency initiative
  • Best multidisciplinary initiative
  • Best educational curriculum
  • Highest scoring abstracts in each category
  • Costs of Care Affordability Award

The annual conference is 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 and MPH students), performance improvement companies, regulatory leads and insurance administrators. Health care performance improvement, clinical decision support and education companies are invited to participate as exhibitors and sponsors.

HVPAA has been awarded a 3-year AHRQ conference grant, which helps support the meeting and provides travel stipends for the Future Leader Program house staff.

Our 2018 Architecture of High Value Care conference showcased >200 abstracts from >50 academic medical centers and 8 value-based quality improvement workshops. View last year’s conference program and all of the abstracts. Additionally, attendees participated in a full day preconference on September 21 (Order Wisely®) that included 25 targeted sessions on appropriate ordering of tests and treatments.

Funding for the 2019 Architecture of High Value Healthcare Conference is made possible in part by grant number 1R13HS026350-01​from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Connected to Baltimore Convention Center by bridge


Hyatt Regency

Across the street from Baltimore Convention Center

Days Inn

Airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport

Amtrak: Baltimore Penn Station 

Click here to register for the 2022 Architecture of High Value Health Care National Conference!

What are academic medical centers across the country doing to improve healthcare value?

Value improvement guides: Published reviews in JAMA Internal Medicine coauthored by experienced faculty from multiple leading medical centers, with safety outcomes data and an implementation blue print.

Review article detailing 25 labs to refine for high value quality improvement | July 2020

MAVEN campaign: Free 4 year high value care curriculum online.

Join the Alliance! Membership is free with institutional approval and commitment to improving value in your medical center.

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