2018 Value Challenge Winners Announced

Five recognized for focus on high-value care in clinical practice, medical education

PHILADELPHIA – Costs of Care, in partnership with the ABIM Foundation, today announced the winners of the 2018 Value Challenge, a national search aimed at recognizing the most promising ideas to improve the safety, experience and affordability of American health care.

New this year is the Humana Award for Innovation in Value-Based Healthcare, which recognizes a healthcare professional who has improved or informed the practice of value-based care, as well as the Steven Schroeder Award, which recognizes an outstanding healthcare CEO for addressing affordability (and will be announced in December).

A panel of nationally recognized co-chairs selected winners from among the submissions:

  • Karen DeSalvo– recent Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and currently Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • Kedar Mate– Chief Innovation and Education Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a research professor at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • David Sklar– Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine at University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the current Editor-in-Chief of Academic Medicine

“We are incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of this year’s challenge participants, who demonstrate how ingenuity and relentless commitment can defeat the odds and produce the type of care that all Americans deserve,” said Neel Shah, MD, Executive Director of Costs of Care.

Creating Value Innovator winners focus on implementing high-value care in clinical practice:

Dr. Anzai and her team at University of Utah Health created an online tool to assist patients in determining potential out-of-pocket costs for health-care services. It is the first system in the Mountain West and one of the few in the country to provide the interactive online price estimate tool for patients to assist in their decision-making.

Gaines and his team are developing methods to enable incentive-aligned payers to understand and increase the value of their health care expenditure. His work empowers employers with analysis and direction to track provider quality, create competitive purchasing processes, engage members, and incentivize high-value care consumption.

Teaching Value Innovator winners focus on improving medical education curricula around delivering high-value care:

The High Value Practice Academic Alliance Future Leaders Program (FLP) is a free, year-long, value improvement curriculum for resident and fellow physicians. During the year, participants complete educational modules and are paired with a faculty member who mentors them on a value-based project. Armed with the tools necessary to create impactful work, FLP graduates strive to improve health care value across the country.

Dr. Johnson and her team have designed a full-day CME (continuing medical education) program that reviews appropriate use of imaging exams, lab tests, medications, transfusions and other treatments. Half of the program is dedicated to appropriate use of imaging exams, as they are high cost tests for patients.

Humana Award for Innovation in Value-Based Healthcare winner focuses on improving or informing the practice of value-based care:

Dr. Petrilli and his team at NYU Langone Health instituted a comprehensive, institution-wide value-based management program to systematically identify and act upon opportunities to increase the value of care. A key feature of the program includes joint clinical and operational leadership of the overall program (“Value-Based Management (VBM) Task Force” chaired by the COO) and of individual projects.

All winners will be recognized by Costs of Care at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum in December, in Orlando, FL.

“Congratulations to the 2018 Value Challenge winners, and thank you to all the participants for aspiring to improve the delivery of healthcare and inspiring us with your ideas,” said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. “It is crucial that as clinicians we provide the best possible care to patients, and sometimes that means we need to do things differently. The winning projects are great examples of how we can improve practice, teaching and the costs of healthcare.”

The Value Challenge builds on the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, a national effort that encourages clinicians and patients to have conversations about avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments. Health care professionals from any discipline and level of training were invited to participate in the Value Challenge and submit short abstracts that described either a project they had already implemented or an idea for a project they believe could have promise in delivering better care at a lower cost.

About the ABIM Foundation
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