National conference

pillarsHVPAA 2018

The mission of the HVPAA annual conference is 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. Any medical center may submit an abstract to be considered for podium or poster presentation. For the 2018 conference, we received >200 abstracts from nearly 60 academic medical centers in the United States, Canada and Japan, and look forward to another outstanding educational venue for medical professionals interested in high value care quality improvement.

We are thrilled that Amitabh Chandra will deliver the keynote address. Professor Chandra is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Panel of Health Advisors and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Abstract submission categories:

  • Improving appropriateness of diagnostic or screening services (consultations, labs, imaging exams, cardiac telemetry, EEG, echocardiography, etc)
  • Improving appropriateness of treatment/interventional services (medications, transfusions, endoscopy, interventional radiology, surgery, etc)
  • Clinical care pathways
  • Reducing unwarranted practice variability
  • Optimization of patient care setting
  • Improving discharge transitions
  • Preventative medicine
  • Evidence-based screening
  • Provider behavior modification (comparative effectiveness of interventions)
  • Information technology innovations
  • High value care educational curricula (medical school, GME, CE, CME)

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.

pillars HVPAA 2017

Academic medical centers from across the United States and Canada came together at the 2017 national conference to celebrate high value care and share value-based improvement projects. Nearly 200 clinicians, house staff members and administrators from 70 medical centers attended the conference. Innovative work to improve health care value from 50 institutions in the U.S. and Canada were featured through 140 podium and poster presentations.

The program included lectures from renowned faculty leaders in high value care. Additionally, presentations described innovative curricula developed by academic medical centers for undergraduate and graduate medical education to instill high value practice in future generation of physicians. The complete list of podium and poster presentations can be viewed here.


Christopher Petrilli, MD from Michigan Medicine and Joshua Levenson, MD from University of Pittsburg.