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Community Leaders for Value-Driven Health Care Criteria

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I. What is a Community Leader for Value-Driven Health Care?

A Community Leader for Value-Driven Health Care is a multi-participant organization working to achieve the four cornerstones of Value-Driven Health Care:  interoperable health information technology (health IT); transparency of price information; transparency of quality information; and the use of incentives to promote high-quality and cost-efficient health care.  A Community Leader should also embody the following characteristics or have the capacity to develop these characteristics:

  • Recognized by HHS as a Community Leader;
  • Active engagement with critical stakeholders in the community;
  • Registered non-profit organization with staff or consultant expertise;
  • Demonstrated financial sustainability;
  • Facilitating the collection of provider-level measurement across the six Institute Of Medicine performance domains (safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered);
  • Using (or promoting the use of) performance measures for:
  • Public reporting of costs and consumer satisfaction
  • Reward and foster better performance
  • Improvement by providers
  • User of inter-operable health information technologies
  • Fostering collaboration across multiple stakeholders and serve as a hub for sharing information and dialogue;
  • Supporting knowledge transfer and sharing lessons learned
  • Conducting ongoing evaluation and improvement of efforts.
  • Use national provider performance measures effectively.

II. Why is the Secretary recognizing Community Leaders for Value-Driven Health Care?

As part of the Value-Driven Health Care initiative, the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary will recognize multi-participant organizations that support the four cornerstones.  Regional public-private collaboration is essential to the success of this initiative.  At its core, health care is local; it is provided in a diverse range of environments that differ in their history, resources, populations served, market characteristics, and medical cultures.  Because of this diversity, the most effective steps to achieving lasting improvements in health care require a critical mass of support from community stakeholders.

Numerous collaboratives are already under way across the country.  The relationships formed provide the foundation for employers, health insurance plans, providers, and consumers to work together to improve health care.  The Secretary would like to recognize these existing efforts and encourage the further development of these collaboratives to create a value-driven health care network.

III. What are the benefits of being recognized as a Community Leader for Value-Driven Health Care?

HHS Secretarial recognition can provide credibility and official approval to an organization in developing new relationships, adding new members, working with state and local government leaders, and driving more impact at the community level.  Recognition as a Community Leader also signifies that, if it so chooses, the organization is working toward eligibility for further formal processes.  This additional level can lead to participation in a learning network of other collaboratives to share best practices.  Please note that eligibility for additional benefits will be determined through separate processes.  Learn more on Value Driven Exchanges.

IV. How does our organization request Secretarial recognition as a Community Leader?

The Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting requests for recognition from interested organizations. 
Apply to be a Community Leader.
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