The Value Initiative: Framing the Issue of Affordable Health Care

The Value Initiative


Hospitals are driving value in their communities

Affordable health care is one of the biggest concerns facing families, employers and government, and America’s hospitals are tackling the challenge head on. Through AHA’s The Value Initiative, we are leading the health care field on the issues of affordability and value.

The Value Initiative:

  • Frames the issues of value and affordability for hospitals, health system and other stakeholders.
  • Provides education, resources and tools for hospitals to advance affordable health care and promote value.
  • Gathers data, stories and hospital experiences to develop and support federal policy solutions.
  • Builds a platform through which AHA drives a national dialogue with policymakers and other stakeholders to develop solutions that improve affordability.

Explore The Value Initiative’s tools and resources by clicking on the tabs below.

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Framing Value & Affordability

The Value Initiative is creating resources to frame the issues of value and affordability. Hospitals can use these resources to initiate conversations with stakeholders in their communities.

Members in Action

Hospitals are driving value and affordability through redesigning the delivery system, managing risk and new payment models, improving quality and outcomes, and implementing operational solutions. Read case studies and listen to podcasts to learn about how AHA members are applying th...

Promoting Value

The Value Initiative is developing resources to guide your value journey. Explore these value-based strategies you can apply in your hospital and community: social determinants of health, population health, behavioral health, age-friendly health systems and improving the patient financi...


The Value Initiative offers in-person and virtual learning opportunities to support your value and affordability journey.

From Paper to Action

In December 2017, the AHA launched The Value Initiative to help hospitals, health systems and the field take on affordability and value. In that time, AHA has engaged over 5,700 hospital leaders, providers and community stakeholders in conversations around affordability and value....

Affordability Advocacy Agenda

Advancing Affordability, Value, and Equity in Health Care Priorities for America’s Hospitals and Health Systems By all accounts 2020 was an unprecedented and historic year – one that tested our nation, our economy and our health care system like never before. Hospitals, health syst...

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