National research & education conference


An annual research conference is a key component of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, because of the importance of research in the transition to high value care. Best practice must be defined by data in conjunction with clinical expertise. Evaluation of outcomes ensures safety by confirming that cost-conscious care does not compromise our ability to diagnose and treat patients. Changing long-standing provider practice patterns has proven challenging, and we need to critically examine which interventions most effectively influence prescribing and ordering behavior. Patient acceptance of cost-conscious practice is another important area of investigation.

All medical providers are invited to participate in the inaugural National Research & Education Conference of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, to be held on October 9, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins and Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference will be a highly informative program for anyone in the healthcare industry interested in safely improving healthcare value, including hospital leadership (CEO, CQO,CMO, CFO), medical providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, house staff, medical students).

Five high value leaders will be speaking on their areas of expertise within high value care:

Abstracts describing high value quality improvement initiatives will be delivered by podium or poster presentation, including 22 podium presentations and 100 Q/I posters from 44 medical centers in the US and Canada. Topics include reduction of unnecessary labs, imaging, transfusions, medications, telemetry and procedures; surgical and medical best practice care pathways; interventions to expedite sepsis diagnosis, reduce length of stay and decrease readmissions as well as initiatives to improve evidence-based screening for early diagnosis

Educational curricula for medical students, residents and fellows from multiple academic medical centers will be presented as posters. The award winning curriculum will be selected by a panel of judges, which includes the Costs of Care directors and co-authors of Understanding Value Based Healthcare:

  • Vineet Arora, MD, Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery, Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment Innovation at University of Chicago Medicine​
  • Belinda Chen, MD, Director of Programs in Curriculum Development at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Christopher Moriates, MD, Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value at University of Texas, Austin
  • Steven Rose, MD, Dean of the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Neel Shah, MD, Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative, Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation at Harvard Medical School

The symposium program can be viewed here. Follow these links for the conference brochure: HVPAA_2017 and registration site.

Information about abstract submissions is provided on the abstract submission pagePreference is given to projects involving house staff or medical students, as their education in high-value care is the best guarantee for creating long-standing improvements in medical practice. Initiatives that have been previously presented or published may be submitted to be considered for poster presentation. Attendance at the conferences is not required for poster presentations.

pillars AWARDS
  • Best Residency Initiative: $500 and award certificate
  • Best Multi-specialty Initiative: $500 and award certification
  • HVC Curriculum Educational Excellence Award: $500 and award certification



pillars Important Dates
  • January 1, 2017 – Abstract submissions site opens
  • April 1, 2017 – Deadline for abstract submissions by midnight PST
  • June 1, 2017 – Abstract notifications sent
  • September 11, 2017 – Reduced hotel rate reservation deadline
  • October 9, 2017 – National research conference


  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit


  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physicians assistants may receive a maximum of 8.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for completing this course.
  • It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.
  1. Identify unnecessary tests, procedures and treatments to target for reduced utilization.
  2. Elucidate the most effective methods to refine provider ordering and prescribing behavior (education, clinical decision support and provider feedback).
  3. Evaluate safety outcomes of value-based improvement to ensure that cost-conscious care does not compromise providers’ ability to diagnose and treat patients.