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.




2018 Value Challenge – Winners Announced


Gary S. Kaplan, MD, winner of The Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO


Pictured Left to Right – Neel Shah, MD, Executive Director of Costs of Care, Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System, Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care UCSF, Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.




Teaching Value Innovator Award

will recognize clinicians who have implemented, or plan to implement, innovative ideas and projects that improve the clinical learning environment in the area of low value care.

Creating Value Innovator Award

will recognize teams of clinicians who have implemented, or plan to implement, innovative ideas and projects that improve value on the frontlines of healthcare.

The Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Health Care CEO

will be awarded to a CEO of a hospital or health care system who has demonstrated courageous and ethical leadership addressing the twin issues of affordability and quality of health care in their community. The award will recognize leadership in measurably reducing patient harm and saving dollars at the same time.

The Humana Award for Innovation in Value-based Care

will be given to a healthcare professional that improves or informs the practice of value-based care.




Karen DeSalvo

Professor of Internal Medicine and Population Health

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Read More

Kedar Mate

Chief Innovation and Education Officer

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Read More


Distinguished Professor Emeritus of
Emergency Medicine

University of New Mexico

Read More



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.




If you have any questions, please contact