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2019 National Conference

HVPAA and the American Hospital Association invite all medical providers to participate in the Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference on November 15-17, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The abstract submission site is open, and abstracts are due April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PST.

Abstract Submission 

The mission of the annual conference is to share leading practices and provide immersive skill-building experience around value-based care. Multiple plenary abstract presentation sessions are designed to broadly advance 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. 

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

High Value Bootcamp Workshops: Workshops 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

  • Blood management & transfusions
  • Medical pathways
  • ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) pathways
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Preoperative testing
  • Infectious disease/antibiotic stewardship
  • Radiology stewardship 
  • Prenatal and antenatal care
  • Pediatric high value care
  • Interprofessional team building

High Value Program Operations

  • Starting a high value program Part I: Design & stakeholders
  • Starting a high value program Part II: 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

Preconference “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.

    Ambulatory Care        Hospital Medicine         Emergency Medicine         Pediatrics


  • 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 Programhouse staff.

Exhibitor Information

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

Across the street from Baltimore Convention Center

A few blocks from Baltimore Convention Center

Airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport

Amtrak: Baltimore Penn Station