SALT LAKE CITY — Today, leaders from the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative at Western Governors University (WGU) announced they have rebranded the organization as the Institute for Advancing Health Value (“The Institute”). The rebrand signifies the evolution from a peer learning collaborative focused on accountable care to an Institute of the College of Health Professions dedicated to leading the advancement of value and equity in health through education, collaboration, and workforce development.
In a time when delivering population health with equitable outcomes is top-of-mind for healthcare organizations, the rebrand emphasizes the important role knowledge and learning play in ensuring the full spectrum of industry stakeholders are positioned to maximize their contributions in a value-based ecosystem.
“The Institute is remarkable because it is the vehicle the College of Health Professions at WGU will rely on to continue to grow the expertise around contemporary areas of future healthcare transformation for both the health care 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 which enable the college to develop programs and capabilities to address emerging needs for workforce skills development especially in the areas of health professions professional development, healthcare organizational development and nationwide industry transformation.”
The Centers for Medicare expects 100% of Medicare providers to be in two-sided risk arrangements between 2030, yet studies show that providers don’t feel prepared. In its role to convene leaders in value-based care, the Institute will be a key resource to collaboratively assist all providers with best practices in risk management and practical operations, no matter where they are in their transformational journey.
In addition to an updated look and feel, the Institute also introduced a new website and refreshed social presence on LinkedIn and Twitter. The content-rich web site engages visitors with streamlined navigation and a personalized user experience. The Institute will continue to host it’s authoritative podcast on value transformation, Race to Value (R2V), a weekly dialogue with national leaders on the value journey.
“Educating and reskilling the workforce is central to the success of the value movement. The Institute is committed to advancing the knowledge and competency of the health industry, and our educational products, research, and peer learning collaborative accelerates industry readiness. We believe in the moral imperative for value-based care, and through our social impact, we are a force multiplier for population health and health equity,” said Eric Weaver, executive director, the Institute.