High Value Care Program


The Department of Medicine High Value Care (HVC) Program started in 2012. Over 14 projects have been completed resulting in improved patient care and a reduction of over $500,000 annually in health care costs. Past project include:

  • Reduction of colonoscopies for patients >75 years old
  • Adherence to Bone Density Scanning criteria
  • Elimination of creatinine screening for inpatient dialysis patients 
  • Reduction of routine chest x-rays in the ICU for intubated patients
  • Reduction of routine repeat echocardiograms on inpatients
  • Reduction of staging scans for Breast Cancer Patients
  • Elimination of duplicate Hep C and Hep A testing

The success of this program is directly related to the willingness and dedication of the Department of Medicine faculty and trainees to propose and participate in these projects. The projects also provide valuable opportunities for scholarship.

Call for proposals! Due date is September 1, 2021.

The Department of Medicine Quality Program is calling for proposals for projects focused on reducing costs and harm by decreasing unnecessary, low-value tests, treatments, or other care practices.  

The Quality Program team will partner with faculty and project teams on selected projects and will provide the following supports:

  • Assessment of the scope of the problem
  • Project planning, design, and methodology
  • Ongoing consultation
  • Project management
  • Analytic support, including assisting with data collection, analyses, and visualization
  • Support for scholarship activities (manuscript, abstracts, and/or platform presentations)

These projects are time-limited and will be given priority by the Quality Program team to be completed within 12 months.

If you have an idea for a High Value Care project, please complete the brief application.

  • Proposals are due by September 1, 2021.
  • The Quality Program team will select one project by September 15, 2021, and the project will begin on October 1, 2021.
  • The Quality Program team will schedule an initial consult on project design and planning, then will hold monthly project meetings for the duration of the project.
  • Supported projects will be expected to result in submission of an abstract to the annual High Value Practice Academic Alliance national conference.

Questions? Please contact the Department of Medicine Quality Program at