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National High Value Care Conference

Important Dates

  • Jan. 1, 2018
    Abstract submission site opens
  • Apr. 1, 2018
    Abstract submission deadline by midnight PST.
  • Jun. 15, 2018
    Abstract submission notifications
  • Sep. 22-24, 2018

The 1st High Value Practice Academic Alliance National Research and Education Conference was held on October 8-9 in Baltimore, Maryland, sponsored by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The meeting showcased quality improvement work being done by academic medical centers across the US and Canada to safely improve health care value. Peter Pronovost delivered the keynote address and lectures were delivered by five national experts in value. Additionally, 50 academic medical centers presented 122 value-based quality improvement abstracts and 18 high-value care educational curricula abstracts. View the conference program.

Faculty and house staff from Johns Hopkins presented 25 abstracts at the inaugural conference. In addition, Johns Hopkins received four of the 12 conference awards:

  • Best Multidisciplinary Initiative
    "Implementing an Evidence-based, Data-driven, Health System-wide Patient Blood Management Program"
    Lauren Scher, M.D.; Pranjal Gupta, B.S.; William Yang, B.S.; Mereze Visagie, B.S.; Josh Wetzler, B.S.; Stanley Podlasek, M.D.; Pat Wachter, M.A.; K.H. Ken Lee, Ph.D.; Tyler Wintermeyer, M.S.; Emily Liu, Ph.D.; Renee Demski, M.S.W., M.B.A.; Paul Ness, M.D.; Steven Frank, M.D.
  • Best High Value Care Educational Curricula
    "Novel Curriculum Effectively Teaches High-Value Care Principles to 1st Year Medical Students" and "Effect of High Value Care Curriculum in Third Year Medicine Clerkship"
    Amit Pahwa, M.D.; Danelle Cayea, M.D.; Kevin Eaton, M.D.
  • Reducing Diagnostic Tests category - 1st place
    "The Illusion of Safety: An Effective Approach To Resident Over-Utilization of Telemetry"
    Amit Pahwa, M.D.; Calvin Kagan, M.D.; Leonard Feldman, M.D.; Tim Niessen, M.D., Keisha Perrin, R.N.; Arielle Apfel, R.N.; Natalie Spicyn, M.D.
  • Provider Behavioral Modification & Informatics category — Honorable mention
    "Smart Medicine - Implementing a Mobile Application and Wearable Technology to Improve Hospital Discharge Patient Safety and Quality: Preliminary 30-Day Readmission and Cost-Effective Findings from the MiCORE Study"
    Helen Xun, B.S.; Lochan Shah, B.S.; Francoise Marvel, M.D.; Seth Martin, M.D., M.H.S.

More than 160 abstracts from 55 academic medical centers were submitted to the conference. Abstracts were reviewed and scored for patient care quality improvement, safety outcomes and potential for cost reduction by HVPAA faculty from 45 academic medical centers. Of note, abstract reviewers were prohibited from scoring projects submitted by their own institution. In addition to three major conference awards (Best Multidisciplinary Initiative, Best Residency Initiative and Best High Value Care GMEC or Medical School Curriculum), the highest scoring abstracts in the categories of Diagnostic Tests, Treatments & Procedures and Provider Behavioral Modification & Informatics are being recognized for excellence. Johns Hopkins is one of five academic institutions that delivered multiple presentations and received award recognition at the conference, along with University of Utah Health, NYU Langone Health System, University of Texas Southwestern and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

All academic medical centers are invited to participate in the 2nd annual national research and education conference of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, to be held on September 22-24, 2018, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The symposium will include abstract presentations demonstrating evidence of cost reduction in concert with patient care quality improvement, educational lectures from leaders in high-value care and best-practice presentations.

The High Value Practice Academic Alliance is a Johns Hopkins-led national consortium of faculty leaders from more than 80 academic medical centers working to advance high-value practice through collaborative quality improvement, research and education. Venues include an annual conference, multi-institutional implementation guide publications and a Future Leaders Program for house staff. Learn more at

Go to the symposium website