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.
“Tools to provide better care at a lower cost are emerging from all corners of the United States, as well as from across the globe. Nonetheless, platforms to easily share ideas and lessons in implementing these tools are lacking,” said Neel Shah, MD, Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care. “Through the Creating Value Challenge we hope to inspire and share innovations about what works in improving value in health care.”
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Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation will recognize winners at the Association of American Medical Colleges Integrating Quality (AAMC IQ) Meeting June 8-9, 2017 near Chicago.
Costs of Care, along with The Leapfrog Group, will jointly recognize health systems that contribute five or more submissions to the Creating Value Challenge.
The Creating 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:
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.
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.
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