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Value-Based Health Care & Sciences Lecture Series


Value-based health care focuses on improving patient health outcomes while reducing health care costs over time. Value-based care benefits all stakeholders in health care: first and foremost, patients, but also providers, healthcare systems, payors, and society at large. However, achieving value-based health outcomes for patients remain low and stagnating at unacceptable levels and all stakeholders remain frustrated.

This lecture series presented by the Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology’s Center for Value-Based Health Care and Science will inform how well-established frameworks (implementation science and quality improvement) can address unsolved healthcare problems. Additionally, it will serve as a first step for health care providers to learn about these methods and how they can help improve their practice. As a desired result of this educational activity, providers and teams will be able to design and implement value-based healthcare projects and enhance patient reported outcomes across multiple conditions and care settings.

This course consists of 10 weekly lectures from October 2022 to January 2023. Seminars will feature lectures and interactive activities lead by experts with extensive experience in value-based health care and/or sciences. These leaders in the field will share what they have learned and their own methods for overcoming barriers in traditional health care systems to develop successful health care delivery models. Special emphasis will be places on utilizing these methods to tackle and prevent health inequities.

Target audience

This activity is intended for healthcare professionals and staff including providers (faculty, residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers), nurses, and research staff with involvement or interest in improving health care systems.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define important value-based healthcare and/or sciences terminology.
  2. Contrast the differences, similarities, and applications of quality improvement and implementation frameworks in healthcare.
  3. Recognize how each participant’s unique role in their teams can utilize quality improvement methods and techniques.
  4. Extrapolate implementation, change management, and quality improvement methods to participants’ own practices and as it relates to their role in their teams
  5. Construct and organize a value-based healthcare and/or research team
  6. Reflect and study value-based initiatives and use those insights to plan future advancements
  7. Identify how to use value-based health care methods to address health inequalities related to:
    1. Telemedicine
    2. Racial, Ethnic, and Language Minority patient populations
    3. Sexual and Gender Minority patient populations
    4. Clinical Research Trials

Additional information

Center for Value-Based Health Care and Sciences, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Brigham

Faculty credentials

Lidia Moura, MD, PhD, MPH – Course Director
Associate Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School;
Co-director, Center for Value-based Health Care and Sciences,
Principal Investigator, NeuroValue Laboratory,
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Chief Health Informatics Officer,
Epilepsy Foundation of America

Sahar Zafar, MD, MSc – Course Director
Assistant Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School;
Co-director, Center for Value-based Health Care and Sciences,
Associate Medical Director, MGH Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit,
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Director, Mass General Brigham Neurocritical Care Fellowship,
Mass General Brigham

Amanda Guidon, MD, MPH  – Course Director
Assistant Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School;
Education & Dissemination Lead, Center for Value-based Health Care and Sciences,
Director, Myasthenia Gravis Clinic, MGH,
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship,
Mass General Brigham


Accreditation (per session):

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 1 ANCC contact hour. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Part A: Introduction to Value-Based Science Concepts and Methods

Parts A and B will overview what value-based science methods are, the use of different frameworks and methods in healthcare.

October 31, 2022

Lecture 1:
Introduction to Value-Based Health Care (Value-Based Healthcare 101)

  • The first lecture will provide an overview of value-based health care, including a definition and goals of value-based healthcare. Different value-based health care frameworks will be introduced, for detailed discussion in future lectures. Measures of successful implementation of these frameworks, and a broad overview of future directions in value-based care will be provided.

November 9, 2022

Lecture 2:
Learning Healthcare Systems and Implementation Science

  • These systems utilize continuous implementation strategies to improve care over shorter timeframes compared to traditional research methods. Through real-time patient reported outcome data, provider feedback, and improved decision-making tools, these systems can significantly benefit patients and their communities.

November 16, 2022  


Lecture 3:
Quality Improvement (QI) Science

  • QI methods utilize PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycles to rapidly identify and improve systems.


Part B: Applying Value-Based Science (Concept to Reality)

November 30, 2022

Lecture 4:
Value-based Neurology Care 

  • Identifying value-based health metrics of interest
  • Real-life Example: Post-Acute Symptomatic Seizure Investigation and Outcomes Network

December 7, 2022

Lecture 5:
Growth and Maintenance of a Learning Healthcare System

  • Challenges and Solutions for continued innovation of an established system
  • Real-life Example: Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System

December 13, 2022    

Lecture 6:
Creating a Quality Improvement Ecosystem in Your Organization     

  • Reflection on the current status quo for neurology care and research
  • Emphasis on how value-based healthcare can be utilized to advance these areas.


Part C: Using Value-based Methods to Address Health Inequities

A special focus will be placed in this program on methods to assess and address care disparities.

January 4, 2023

Lecture 7:
Virtual Care & Patients with Limited English Proficiency

  • Identify ways of utilizing value-based healthcare methods in virtual or telehealth care environments.
    • Real-world examples from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center of TeleHealth and Virtual Care division.

January 11, 2023

Lecture 8:
Optimizing Care Across Patients’ Race, Ethnicity, and Language

  • Recognize value-based healthcare methods for optimizing care of patients from different racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds.
    • Real-world examples from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department for Community Health Improvement and Community Health, Diversity, and Inclusion.

January 18, 2023

Lecture 9:
Strategies to Identify and Address Neurodisparaties in Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals   

  • Audiences will be shown value-based healthcare strategies for addressing Neurodisparities as they relate to sexual and gender minority individuals.

January 25, 2023      

Lecture 10:
Recruitment Strategies to Improve Diversity in Research and Care   

  • Help audiences recognize value-based healthcare strategies for creating equity in clinical trials and promoting diversity in research and care through recruitment initiatives.
Course Summary
  • Formats
    Live, Virtual
  • Categories
    Health Care Disparities, Quality Improvement, Value-Based Health Care
  • Course opens
    September 1, 2022
  • Course expires
    January 25, 2023
  • Price
  • This course is closed.
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