Smarter Care Virginia

About

With support from Arnold Ventures, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation launched a statewide pilot to reduce the provision of low value health care in Virginia.  Low value health care includes medical tests and procedures that research has proven add no value in particular clinical circumstances and can lead to potential patient harm and a higher total cost of care.

This project is aligned with Aim I (reducing low-value care) of VCHI’s Health Value Dashboard. The project will utilize a two-part strategy to drive a significant reduction in seven provider-driven low value care tests and procedures. Over three years, we will focus specifically on producing a 25 percent relative reduction in seven low-value care measures that are provider-driven while also prioritizing up to six consumer-driven measures for our next phase of work.

VCHI will work with the leadership of six Virginia health systems and three clinically integrated networks on this project: Ballad Health; Carilion Clinic; HCA and Virginia Care Partners; Inova and Signature Partners; Sentara and Sentara Quality Care Network; and VCU Health System.  In addition, a complimentary employer task force will be formed with the aims of increasing employer knowledge of low-value health care, exposing Virginia employers to employers that are mobilizing for improvement, and engaging employers in action they can take in employee communications, benefit design, and contracting to drive sustainable improvement. Both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Business Council are project partners.

Project Components

The Measures

Project partners will focus on producing a 25 percent relative reduction in seven low-value care measures that are provider-driven while also prioritizing up to six consumer-driven measures for our next phase of work.

The provider-driven measures are listed below. The consumer-driven measures will be selected by the Employer Task Force.

Clinical Partners

 

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