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2021 National Conference

The 4th annual Architecture of High Value Health Care national conference will be held October 8-10, 2021 as a virtual meeting. The abstract submission site will open February 1, 2021 and abstracts are due May 10, 2021.

Attendees gathered for team photo at 2019 conference.

HVPAA and the American Hospital Association invite all medical providers to participate in the Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference, the premier information sharing venue for physician-led care transformation, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Join us for a meeting designed to efficiently advance high value care performance improvement across the country.

The mission of the annual conference is to share leading practices and provide immersive skill-building experience around value-based care. Poster and podium abstract presentations from medical centers across the US and beyond will detail initiatives that improve health care quality and safety while reducing costs of care for patients. Goals include investigation of outcomes to ensure that practice refinement maintains or improves diagnostic and therapeutic efficacy and determining the best methodologies to improve the value of care providers deliver. Performance improvement guidance and support are provided through focused workshops and round-table information sharing sessions monitored by national experts.

Abstract Presentations from 2018 and 2019 meetings

Abstract Submission Information
Abstract Submission Site
Abstract Submission Categories (adult and pediatric medicine)
  • Improving diagnostic appropriateness
  • Improving treatment/interventional appropriateness
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Clinical care pathways
  • Reducing unwarranted practice variability
  • Optimization of patient care setting to reduce ED visits
  • Reducing admissions for ambulatory sensitive conditions
  • Improving transitions including hospital discharge
  • Improving equitable health care access and quality
  • and Preventive medicine
  • Evidence-based screening
  • Provider behavior modification
  • Information technology innovation
  • High value care clinical program building
  • High value care educational curricula
  • Effective cost transparency for patients
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Cost of Care Affordability Award: Reducing out of pocket costs for patients
Meet the Professor: Round Table Discussions

Information sharing round table discussions moderated by national experts, designed to facilitate success and create networks across institutions working on similar performance improvement initiatives.

Clinical Program Building

  • Improving health care equity
  • Advancing evidence based care
  • Best practice pathways (surgical and medical)
  • Discharge transitions & readmissions
  • High value program building
  • Pediatric high value care

Care Redesign 

  • CHF
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Substance Use Disorder


  • Educational curriculum design for medical school
  • Educational curriculum design for graduate medical education
High Value Bootcamp Workshops

Workshops are directed by faculty from multiple academic medical centers who have implemented initiatives to improve value in the topic area. Previous workshops listed below. The 2021 program will be released in June.

Clinical Performance Improvement

  • Medical pathways
  • ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) pathways
  • Infectious disease/antibiotic stewardship
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Interprofessional team building

High Value Program Operations

  • Starting a high value program and selling it to your leadership
  • Nuts & bolts of value improvement Part I: Informatics
  • Nuts & bolts of value improvement Part II: Analytics


  • Designing a high value care medical school curriculum
  • Designing a high value care GME curriculum
Preconference “Order Wisely”  

Targeted presentations by national experts on high value tests and treatments for common medical conditions, tailored to ambulatory and pediatric care. Includes review of appropriate imaging for CMS Priority Clinical Areas, to prepare providers for the CMS AUC Program.


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 has been awarded a 3-year AHRQ conference grantwhich helps support the meeting and provides travel stipends for the Future Leader Program house staff.

Funding for the 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.