By Denise Williams | News & Views
Value-based care (VBC) has huge implications for cardiopulmonary rehab program quality and sustainability – so much so, in fact, that AACVPR included this important focus in its 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. Still, too many providers don’t know what the term means and what it involves, why it’s important or how to get started. That’s about to change.
AACVPR’s Value-Based Care Committee will use its turn on stage at the 37th Annual Meeting to unveil the new “Session in a Box,” a collection of presentation slides that spell out the fundamentals of VBC. The slides were carefully curated from a massive master deck amalgamated from all of the panel’s presentations over the last 3-4 years. After countless hours combing through the deck to remove duplicates, fill in gaps and streamline and reorganize the content, committee members are looking forward to September’s big reveal.
They’re billing the session as a “user’s guide” for what essentially is a “how-to” kit for VBC. Although the initial vision framed the slide deck as a tool for affiliates to deliver VBC presentations at the local level that align with AACVPR’s national message, Karen A. Edwards, MS, RRT, RCEP, FAACVPR, who chairs the VBC Committee, says the team quickly recognized the value of the product across the professional spectrum. With it, she explains, anyone working in CR or PR will be equipped to explain VBC concepts to key stakeholders in a concise and user-friendly way. So, yes, that just might include an affiliate president who’s working with a committee to stage a conference but doesn’t have a speaker available to discuss VBC. But it also might include the coordinator of a pulmonary rehab center who’s eager to launch new initiatives and needs to explain to administrative officials why VBC should be a priority. Or maybe it’s a program manager who wants staffers to have an understanding of VBC against the backdrop of why they are asked to follow certain practices and what those protocols mean for the ‘big picture.’ The slide deck could even benefit CR or PR professionals who just want to learn more about VBC for their own personal enlightenment.
Opening the Box
At its most basic, Edwards shares, VBC is simply an approach aimed at providing the best value to everyone involved for the lowest cost, and with the greatest results and highest quality. She’ll provide an overview of the concept to conference-goers in West Palm Beach, where she’ll also be joined by fellow committee members. Yvette Gerdes, MS, RCEP, CCRP, will walk the audience through VBC strategies related to population health, while Jonathan David, CCRP, will cover VBC from an administrative standpoint. Tedd Walsh, BS, ACSM, CCEP, CCRP, FAACVPR, who takes the reins of the panel in October, will talk to the audience about outcomes and performance measures.
After the Annual Meeting – ideally before the new VBC committee convenes the following month and receives direction from the AACVPR Board of Directors – Session in a Box will be made available to users. The work doesn’t end there, however. The committee will need to consistently make updates as new scenarios arise, Edwards notes. Already, there’s talk about offering it in different formats – longer and shorter versions, for example, to support different agendas. The Annual Meeting session and supplemental Power Point presentation will also be available later, to create a sort of “box set” of resources and strategies for AACVPR members that Edwards hopes will “facilitate discussion amongst their affiliates, their programs and their own sites.”
What: “Session in a Box: A User’s Guide to VBC Resources for CR/PR Professionals” (Session #B207)
Where: AACVPR 37th Annual Meeting; West Palm Beach, Florida
When: Thursday, September 22, 1:30-2:30 pm
Presenters: Karen A. Edwards, MS, RRT, RCEP, FAACVPR; Tedd Walsh, BS, ACSM, CCEP, CCRP, FAACVPR; Yvette Gerdes, MS, RCEP, CCRP: Jonathan David, CCRP