2018 National Conference

[icon name=”university” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] HVPAA 2018

The abstract submission site for the 2018 national conference opened January 1, 2018 and submission deadline is April 1, 2018. More information about abstract submissions is available here.

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.

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.


  • Best Residency Initiative
  • Best Multi-specialty Initiative
  • Best HVC Curriculum Award
  • Highest scoring abstracts in each categories


  • 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.

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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