Discovering Value-Based Health Care
Interactive learning modules designed to provide you with tools to use and to empower you to be a model for health care change and a leader in the effort to bring value to the forefront of our field.

Discovering Value-Based Health Care

AAPA has joined forces to bring you the Dell Medical School Value-Based Health Care (VBHC). The modules were created via a collaborative effort between Dell Medical School, part of the University of Texas at Austin, and the Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL) of the University of Texas System. The purpose of this collaboration has been to develop a rich, interactive instructional experience that brings the expertise and research Dell Medical School has invested into the provision of value-based health care together with ITL’s innovative pedagogical and design approach.

This three-part course aims at that day-to-day difference you can make to improve the value of health care delivered in our current systems. It defines the goals of value-based health care—working with patients and families to efficiently achieve better health outcome, explores how to measure outcomes that matter to patients, plus how you can influence and change spending by understanding cost in health care.

Module 1

The goal of this course is to provide tools for clinicians to achieve better outcomes for patients, by delivering the best possible care at lower total costs. In this module, you will learn what value-based health care means and how to apply it to your everyday practice. You will also gain understanding of the emerging concept of value in health care, areas of current medical waste, and unsustainable costs of care. Finally, we will introduce you to evolving tools and strategies to improve the medical care you deliver to your patients.

Module 2
This module will help you gain understanding of how to identify patient outcomes that matter, and how to participate in measuring, evaluating, and improving results for patients. We will also provide insights on process measures, which are critical to achieving and monitoring improvement.

Module 3
This module will help you to gain an understanding of some of the basics related to medical costs, some of the reasons for these costs, and their effects on our patients and the system as a whole.

How to Receive Credit

  • Review and complete all three modules.
  • Follow the link at the bottom of the Dell Medical School site -- Questions regarding continuing medical education (CME) credits? CLICK HERE or if you are already in Learning Central proceed to "My Curriculum" select the activity and complete the evaluation.
  • You must complete all three modules (Dell Medical School site) and the evaluation (Learning Central) in order to receive credit.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 2.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the AAPA Review Panel. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs. Approval valid until June 30, 2020.

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of AAPA to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member has with the commercial interest of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation. The participating education coalition members reported the following:


Christopher Moriates, MD - Lead Author
Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine
Disclosures: Royalties from McGraw-Hill for textbook. Understanding Value-Based Healthcare.
Victoria Valencia, MPH - Co Author
Assistant Director for Healthcare Value

Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Executive Review Committee 

Susan Cox, MD
Executive Vice Dean of Academics and Chair of Medical Education

Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Keven Bozic, MD, MBA
Chair or the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care

Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Elizabeth Teisberg, PhD
Executive Director and Professor in the Department of Medical Education
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Content Review Committee 

Joseph H. Joo
Second year medical student at Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Jonathan MacClements, MD
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Elizabeth Nelson, MD
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Michael Pignone, MD, MPH
Chair of Internal Medicine, Professor Internal Medicine and Population Health
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD
Associate Dean for Evaluation and Faculty Development
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose


The opinions and comments expressed by faculty and other experts, whose input is included in this program, are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs mentioned in this program including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects and dosage before administering to patients.

Acknowledgement of Support

Supported by the generous grant support of the Episcopal Health Foundation.

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