The Messaging of Value-Based Care at Our 33rd Annual Meeting


The Messaging of Value-Based Care at Our 33rd Annual Meeting

By Ana Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-C, MAACVPR

The 33rd AACVPR Annual Meeting presentations were “on track to innovate” the delivery of Value-Based Care (VBC) initiatives, practices and services. The messaging of the presentations reflected the alignment of VBC to the association’s broader VBC vision, mission and strategic plan. The context of the presentations identified and promoted patient-centric, outcomes-based and efficient care delivery models in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation services.

The session “B307: On Track to Innovate – Tomorrow’s Headlines Today” was a panel discussion that included the program track planning leaders highlighting the science, themes, innovation, implications and outcomes within each program track. The VBC themes permeated throughout one keynote and five program tracks, illustrating operational transformation, program efficiencies, assigning accountability to medical directors, effective technology solutions and improving the patient experience. These are all driving factors in our association’s VBC definition:

“Value-based care is delivering the best quality patient care with regard to the cost of that care through data-driven analysis and service improvement. To this end, the Value-Based Care initiative will create resources that will assist cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professions: assign accountability; target efficiencies; strategize operational transformation; restructure the care delivery model; create effective technology solutions in management; and, ultimately, improve the patient and practitioner experience.”

Many sessions at the 33rd AACVPR Annual Meeting were recorded, and most included supplemental handouts that are publicly available online. If you are interested in catching up on the latest in VBC, below are a few sessions — of many — that illustrated the themes of VBC at the Annual Meeting:


  • Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation: Getting to 70 Percent With Million Hearts®

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Clinical Cardiology

  • B214: Cardiac Rehabilitation in Special Populations
  • B208: Are We Missing the Mark by Not Recognizing our Patient’s Health Literacy?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Medicine Track

  • B209: Movin’ Out: Extending Pulmonary Rehab out to the Home and Community
  • B304: It’s All About the Pulmonary Patient – Assessing and Selecting the Pulmonary Patient for Comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • B103: How Can I Help my Pulmonary Patient Manage Their Psychosocial Concerns?
  • B116: STOP – Smoking Cessation and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team – BREATHFREE2 Program and Phone Applications to Give Your Patient Success
Nutrition and Behavior Track

  • B211: Incorporating Behavioral Economics for Health Behavior Change Into Patient-Centered Care
  • B224: Educate Patients Beyond the Heart Health: What Patients Need to Know About Protecting the Aging Brain
  • B217: Nutrition News in Review: Clearing Through Headline Hype to Focus on Key Messages for Healthy Eating Strategies

Program Management

  • B107: The Impact of a Case Management Model in CR and PR on Quality of Care, Professional Development and Financial Implications
  • B301: Balancing Technology With the Human Touch to Promote Exercise Is Medicine: Lessons Learned From Mayo Clinic
  • B220: Home-Based Program

Innovative Leadership Track

  • B104: Innovating With Unexpected Partners – How to Identify and Work With Quality SNFs to Increase Participation in Your Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab Program
  • B110: Bridging the Gap: Strategies to Enhance Cardiac Rehabilitation Enrollment and Retention
  • B117: National Cardiac Rehabilitation Rates: How Do We Improve?
  • RF1009: The Electronic ITP: Utilizing Your EMR/EPIC to Write Your ITP
  • B223: Creating a Cardiac Rehabilitation Center of Excellence – Engaging Your Medical Director
  • B305: Cultivating Connections; Patient Family Center Group Orientation
  • R1001: Value-Based Care – Time to Change Things Up in Rehabilitation … Let’s Talk Best Practices
The session “B307: On Track to Innovate – Tomorrow’s Headlines Today” ended with the overall messaging of searching and embracing innovation to prepare your program for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The clinical practice of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and AACVPR is as strong as its members who embrace value in themselves, colleagues and patients, and continues to deliver VBC services today and tomorrow.

Stay up to date on all things VBC by attending the AACVPR Annual Meeting each year. The 34th Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 18-21, 2019. Mark your calendars now!


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