The Value Initiative: Framing the Issue of Affordable Health Care

The Value Initiative


Hospitals and health systems address affordability and bring value to their communities.

Affordable health care is one of the biggest concerns facing families, employers and government. America’s hospitals and health systems are tackling the challenge head on. And through AHA’s Value Initiative, we are providing leadership to the health care field on the issues of affordability and value.  How?

The Value Initiative provides AHA members with the education, resources and tools to advance affordable health care and promote value within their communities.

The Value Initiative educates the public, policymakers and other stakeholders on this issue and collaborates with others in the health care field to develop new solutions to improve affordability.

Engage in The Value Initiative

  • Start the conversation with your leadership team, boards and community stakeholders by using our PowerPoint presentations on affordability and value.
  • Get the facts by downloading AHA’s Affordability Data Book to learn the latest numbers associated with health care affordability.
  • Attend an Executive Forum and other in-person meetings to gain new insights and share your experiences with other health care leaders.
  • Dig into our Members in Action series to learn how hospitals and health systems are improving affordability and promoting value in their communities.
  • Read AHA’s Issue Briefs to discover more about factors influencing affordability.
  • Hear what others, outside of the hospital field, have to say about affordability by exploring our Voices on Value series.

Share your story! We want to hear about your approaches to decreasing health care costs and improving quality and patient experiences. Contact Priya Bathija at or 1-800-424-4301 to tell your story.

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...

Driving Value

The Value Initiative is developing resources to guide your value journey. Explore value-based strategies you can apply in your hospital and community.

Affordability Advocacy Agenda

Individuals, employers, government and payers are seeking greater value for their health care dollars. Concerns around the affordability of health care will only grow as overall health care spending continues to rise. Health systems and hospitals are working hard to advance affordabili...

Related Resources

Advancing Health Podcast
In this inaugural Advancing Health podcast, you’ll hear AHA Chair Brian Gragnolati discuss affordability and value with Maryjane Wurth, AHA executive vice…
Data & Insights
The State of Value: 2018 Snapshot is a members-only resource that aggregates data from a variety of sources, including the AHA Annual Survey and our inaugural…
Data & Insights
The State of Value: 2018 Snapshot is a members-only resource that aggregates data from a variety of sources, including the AHA Annual Survey and our inaugural…
Issue Landing Page
Just as there are challenges to making health care more affordable, there are many
Issue Brief
This AHA resource highlights how best to use the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Mapping Medicare Disparities tool.
Case Studies
The AHA’s Members in Action series spotlights hospitals and health systems that are implementing new value-based strategies to improve health care…