Monthly conference calls feature invited lectures by faculty from different institutions, to guide implementation of value improvement projects. Recordings of the presentations are available for HVPA members.


  • January: Bob Pendleton MD, Chief Clinical Officer, SSM Health- St Louis & S IL Region. Value-Based Contracting
  • February: Moises Auron MD, FAAP, FACP, SFHM, Medical Director of Blood Management and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Officer.  Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, CCLCM of CWRU. Department of Hospital Medicine, Cleveland Clinic. Plasma and Platelet Transfusions


  • February: Richard Wardrop, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Towards Higher Value in Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction
  • March: Juan Lessing, MD, FACP and Read Pierce, MD: Another Take on Choosing Wisely:  The intersection of clinical reasoning and high value care.
  • December:  Kencee Graves, MD, Associate Chief Quality Officer, University of Utah

    Danielle Doberman, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Medicine Program, Johns Hopkins. Palliative Care


  • February: Lenny Feldman, MD.  Things We Do for No Reason.
  • March: Raj Machhar, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • April: Pamela Johnson, MD, Johns Hopkins Radiology. High Value Abdominal CT: Patient and Protocol Selection
  • August: Ian Fagan, MD; NYU School of Medicine
  • September: Information sharing webinar ~ EHR solutions to facilitate high value care delivery


  • March: Matt Neilsen, MD, MS, FACS, Chair of Urology, UNC School of Medicine – Hematuria as a marker of occult urinary tract cancer: The journey to high value care
  • April: Caitlyn Hicks, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Vascular Surgery – High Value Vascular Surgery
  • May: Andrew Parsons, MD and George Hoke, MD, Department of Hospital Medicine, UVA – Using Clinical Reasoning in High Value Care
  • June: Future Leader Program & VITAL Program Directors – High Value Education & Professional Development
  • August: Steve Frank, MD, PhD, Director of Bloodless Medicine & Surgery, Johns Hopkins- Updates in Blood Management
  • September: Rodrigo Alban, MD, Department of Surgery, Cedar Sinai – High Value Surgery
  • November: Arjun Gupta, MBBA, Department of Oncology, Johns Hopkins Medicine – High Value Cancer Care


  • February: Brendan Bowman, MD –Applied Data Analytics in a Hospitalist Owned Dialysis Program
  • March-May: COVID19 information sharing sessions
  • June: Elizabeth Vossenkemper, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC – Reduction of OTC prescribing in the management of URIs in children birth to 13 years.
  • August: Lauren Demosthenes, MD – High Value Care in OB-GYN.
  • September: Ashwini Niranjan-Azadi, MD and Glenn Moulder, MD – A High-Value Care Course in the COVID-19 Era
  • October: Ishani Ganguli, MD, MPH – Cascades of Care After Incidental Findings in a US National Survey of Physicians
  • November: Sarah Johnson Conway, MD – A Targeted “Top 100” High-Risk Care Management Program Improves Adherence to Best Practices


  • February 20: Guest Speaker, economist David Gaines
  • March 20: Pediatric high value care topics
  • April 17: Tony Breu, Harvard University – TWDFNR: Treating Hypertensive Urgency, 
  • May 15: Amber Inofuentes, University of Virginia – Individualized Care Plans: An Evolving Approach to High Hospital Utilizers
  • June 19: Mustapha Saheed, Johns Hopkins and Shayam Odetti, Johnston Memorial – Evidence based guidelines for high value emergency medicine
  • September 18: Valerie Vaughn, University of Michigan – Antibiotic stewardship at discharge
  • October 16: Gregg Brennan, University of California Irvine – High-Value Care in Inpatient Gastroenterology


  • January 17: Guest Speaker- Chris Moriates, MD
  • February 21: NYU, Hopkins & Crozer Chester – Innovative Educational Curricula
  • March 21: NYU, UTSW, Michigan, UT San Antonio: Optimizing vascular access
  • May 16:  Implementation Guide Team: Reducing daily labs
  • June 20: Michael Grant, MD, PhD: ERAS pathways
  • August 15: Christine Soong, U Toronto: Reducing sedatives in elderly patients September 19: Holiday
  • October 17 – UTSW, NYU, Icahn: Reducing unnecessary proton pump inhibitors
  • November 21 – Utah and University of Washington: Sepsis
  • December 19 – Johns Hopkins Children Center: Pediatric high value care 



A leading principle of high-value practice is avoidance of unnecessary tests and treatments in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines. To reinforce this practice, we designed an in person CME program that reviews appropriate use of imaging exams, lab tests, medications, transfusions and procedures delivered at our national conference each year. These lectures by national experts are recorded and posted on our site as free educational material. Included are presentations on best imaging exam selection for the 8 CMS Priority Clinical areas, to ensure that providers are prepared for the CMS Appropriate Use Program, which will include evaluation of their ordering appropriateness beginning in January 2020.


Value Conversation Modules from Costs of Care Provide CME credit!

Discovering value based healthcare: interactive modules Interactive Learning Modules from Chris Moriates, Associate Dean for Healthcare Value, Dell Medical School

American College of Physicians online high value resources

CanMEDS Resource Stewardship Curriculum Toolkit Series Toolkits designed to help teach residents the foundations of resource stewardship. These free toolkits include things like modifiable power point slide decks, annotated bibliographies, how-to guides, etc.

One Minute Guides (OMG), a series of educational summaries from Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine High Value Care Committee



Understanding Value Based Healthcare by Christopher Moriates, Vineet Arora and Neel Shah

Value-driven outcomes model established by Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA and others at the University of Utah: Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association With Reduced Cost and Improved Quality

Transitioning to a High Value Health Care Model: Academic Accountability.



The IHI National Forum is a leading international conference dedicated to improving health care quality and safety. Learn more on their website


As stated on their website, the American College of Medical Quality‘s mission is to provide leadership and education in healthcare quality management. Visit their website to learn about educational resources and programs for medical personnel interested in quality improvement.


 EQUIP: Excellence in QI certificate program. University of Toronto is offering an Excellence in Quality Improvement  Certificate Program (EQUIP) for trainees and faculty interested in an advanced QI training course with a focus on an academic QI career pathVisit their website for more information.

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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