Value Challenge


Costs of Care, in partnership with the ABIM Foundation, is seeking innovative ideas and projects for teaching and implementing high value care among collaborative teams of clinicians, educators, quality improvement specialists, and health system administrators.



Health care professionals from any discipline and level of training are invited to submit short abstracts that either describe a project they have already implemented or an idea for a project they believe could have promise in delivering better care at a lower cost.


“Across the country, healthcare providers are finding creative ways to address the growing challenges Americans face in affording care. We’re excited to learn from these innovators and help share their insights broadly,” says Neel Shah, MD, Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care. “Through the Value Challenge we hope to inspire and share innovations about what works in improving value in health care.”


We have an esteemed panel of Co-Chairs highlighted below.




Karen DeSalvo

Professor of Internal Medicine and Population Health

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

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Kedar Mate

Chief Innovation and Education Officer

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of
Emergency Medicine

University of New Mexico

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Winners of the Teaching Value Innovator and Creating Value Innovator Award will be recognized at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum in December 2018.




The Value Challenge builds on the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, a national effort led in conjunction with Consumer Reports that encourages clinicians and patients to have conversations about avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments. While the campaign is helping change the way many clinicians practice, it is equally important for clinicians in training to learn how Choosing Wisely can serve as a foundation for providing appropriate care throughout their careers. To support this work, Costs of Care created the Teaching Value in Health Care learning network to convene leaders in medical education and training to develop engaging curriculum and spread health systems innovations that improve value.


Two previous Challenges – then known as the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Challenge – generated more than 150 entries and 12 winners, including the following innovations:



Read our announcement of the 2017 Winners Here.

View our entire 2017 Challenge here.



A team of medical educators, Drs. Eileen Moser and Susan Glod from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Drs. Sara Fazio and Grace Huang from Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Clifford Packer from Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, modified the traditional SOAP note template to include a discussion of value. By embedding value consideration into a routine practice, students reported greater comfort with initiating discussions about overuse with their clinical teams.



Dr. Robert Fogerty, a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine, created “I-CARE” (Interactive Cost-Awareness Resident Exercise). This exercise engages faculty and trainees in a friendly competition to create effective, lower cost care plans using traditional Morning Report structure and institutional charge data.




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