SALT LAKE CITY, April 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today leaders of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative at Western Governors University (WGU) announced that they have renamed the organization the Institute for Advancing Health Value (“The Institute”) . The rebrand represents the evolution from a peer-learning collaboration focused on responsible care to a College of Health Professions institute dedicated to promoting value and equity in health care through education, collaboration and workforce development.
At a time when ensuring population health with equitable outcomes is a top priority for healthcare organizations, the rebranding emphasizes the important role that knowledge and learning play in ensuring the full spectrum of industry stakeholders are positioned to make their Maximize contribution in a values-based ecosystem.
“The institute is noteworthy because it is the vehicle that WGU’s College of Health Professions will rely on to further advance expertise in current areas of future healthcare transformation for both the healthcare industry and the university,” said Jan Jones-Schenk, senior vice president and executive dean of the college. “The strength of the institute is its deep connection to changes in healthcare, enabling the college to develop programs and skills to meet emerging workforce development needs, particularly in the areas of healthcare professional development, organizational development in healthcare and the nationwide transformation of the industry.”
The Centers for Medicare expects 100% of Medicare providers to be in bilateral risk agreements by 2030, but studies show that providers feel unprepared. In its role of bringing together leaders in value-based care, the Institute will be a key resource to collectively support all providers with best practices in risk management and practical operations, regardless of where they are on their transformation journey.
In addition to an updated look and feel, the institute also launched a new website and an updated social presence on LinkedIn and Twitter. The content-rich website captivates visitors with streamlined navigation and a personalized user experience. The institute will continue to host its definitive values transformation podcast, Race to Value (R2V), a weekly dialogue with national leaders on the values journey.
“The education and retraining of the workforce is central to the success of the values movement. The institute is committed to advancing the knowledge and capability of the healthcare industry, and our educational products, research and peer learning collaboration accelerate industry readiness. We believe in the moral imperative of values-based care and through our social impact we are a force multiplier for population health and health equity,” said Eric Weaver, Executive Director of the Institute.
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About the Institute for Advancing Health Value
The Institute for Advancing Health Value is a nonprofit, peer-learning membership organization that brings together the nation’s leading responsible care organizations, achievers and industry leaders who understand what it takes to succeed in the value-based care environment. As the values-based care movement continues, organizations are shifting from what to do to how to do it. The Institute helps inform its members by utilizing a broad spectrum of values-based healthcare leaders who can compare and learn from one another’s successes while developing best practices to realize the true vision of values-based care, from which patients, providers and payers benefit. Membership in the Institute provides market intelligence, peer learning, professional development, networking and a platform to make an impact in the industry.
About the College of Health Professions of the WGU
The College of Health Professions at WGU is one of the nation’s largest health colleges and currently educates more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nursing and healthcare. In 2020-21, more than 17% of all bachelor of science nursing graduates in the United States were trained by WGU’s College of Health Professions.
The nonprofit WGU was founded in 1997 by 19 US governors with a mission to expand access to quality, affordable higher education. Today, it serves nearly 130,000 students nationwide and has more than 250,000 graduates in all 50 states. The WGU is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is considered a highly effective post-secondary education model. Learn more at wgu.edu.