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2018 National conference

HVPAA is partnering with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association to co-direct the Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference on Sept. 21-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The registration site is now open! View the preliminary program.

The mission of the 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, and we received >200 abstracts from 58 academic centers for the 2018 meeting. Podium abstract acceptance notices will be distributed and conference registration will open on Friday, June 15th. Poster acceptances will be sent on Monday, June 18th.

Abstract submission categories

  • Improving diagnostic appropriateness
  • Improving treatment/interventional appropriateness
  • Clinical care pathways
  • Reducing unwarranted practice variability
  • Optimization of patient care setting
  • Improving discharge transitions
  • Preventative medicine
  • Evidence-based screening
  • Provider behavior modification
  • Information technology innovations
  • High value care educational curricula

High Value Bootcamp Workshops: Workshops will be held twice a day and directed by faculty from multiple academic medical centers who have implemented initiatives to improve quality & safety while reducing costs in the topic area. Final schedule will depend on participant interest.

Clinical Performance Improvement

  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Blood management & transfusions
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Preoperative testing
  • Infectious disease lab & antibiotic stewardship

High Value Program Operations

  • Starting a high value program and selling it to your leadership
  • Nuts & bolts: Informatics & analytics


  • Designing a high value care curriculum

Keynote: 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.

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 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. More than 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.