2018 National Conference

HVPAA partnered 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. HVPAA has been awarded a 3-year AHRQ conference grant, which will help support the meeting and provide travel stipends for the Future Leader Program house staff.

The 2-day meeting September 22-23 showcased >200 abstracts from >50 academic medical centers and 8 value-based quality improvement workshops. 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.

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

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

High Value Bootcamp Workshops: Workshops were 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
  • 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 of value improvement: Informatics & analytics


  • Designing a high value care curriculum

Guest Speakers

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

Funding for the 2018 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.

HOTEL INFORMATION: links to reduced rate room blocks available on the conference registration site

Connected to Baltimore Convention Center

Across the street from Baltimore Convention Center

A few blocks from Baltimore Convention Center

Airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport https://www.bwiairport.com/

Amtrak: Baltimore Penn Station https://www.amtrak.com/stations/bal

CME Information

Accreditation Statement

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.

Credit Designation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 creditstm.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21.75 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 for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Policy on Speaker & Provider Disclosure

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 that will identify and resolve conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.  Detailed disclosure will be made prior to presentation of the education.

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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