Why Apply?

This award recognizes health care vendors, brokers, and purchasers who consistently deliver higher value that stands in contrast to the industry’s unaffordable services and unwarranted variations in outcomes and cost. By adhering to principles of evidence, transparency, competition and efficiency, we seek to identify high value health care organizations as examples that can be emulated throughout the continuum of clinical and financial risk management.

Awards Process

  1. Fill out the nomination or application form
  2. Apply for validation (applicant only)
  3. Receive confirmation of application/nomination
  4. Await the finalization stage which will begin 2/1/2018

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Wed, Jan 31, 2018 (5:00pm EST closing) - HVA Application Submission Deadline
  • Thu, Feb 15, 2018 - World Congress Announces Finalists in Each HVA Category*
  • Mon, Feb 19, 2018 (5:00pm EST closing) - Deadline for HVA Categorical Finalists To Submit Validation Materials
  • Sun, Apr 29, 2018 (5:00pm-6:00pm EST) - Health Value Awards Ceremony, Thurgood Marshall Room, Marriott Wardman Park, DC.

* Applicants should assemble materials required by the validation process beforehand, and be prepared to immediately submit upon notification of finalist status. Those who wish to pursue validation independent of their progress within the HVA competition may choose to submit the required materials earlier.


There is an initial $200 application fee due to World Congress.
There is a $3,500 fee through the Care Innovations Validation Institute should you chose to apply for validation in addition to the awards.

Award Categories

5 Validated Categories

  • Payers and Related Suppliers
  1. Reinsurers
  2. Commercial Insurers
  3. Third Party Administrators
  • Providers
  1. Direct Care Providers (e.g., physician groups, health systems).
  2. Product/Program Providers

6 Non-Validated Categories Include:

  1. Outstanding Benefits Professional 2018
  2. Lifetime Achievement Benefits Professional
  3. Outstanding Benefits Broker or Consultant Leadership – Firm and/or Individual
  • Purchasers (Employers and Unions)
  1. Small Groups (<250 employees)
  2. Mid-Sized Groups (250-4,999 employees)
  3. Large Groups (>5000 employees)

Meet Our Esteemed Judges

Steven BlumbergSteven Blumberg is Chief Planning and Business Development Officer at The University of Miami Health System. In a previous role, he led AtlantiCare’s Accountable Care Organization in Atlantic City, NJ, and developed a reputation for leading edge risk management and quality.

Jessica BrooksJessica Brooks is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, where she is leading the effort to redefine the discussion around healthcare value, access and quality for nearly two million people.

Tom EmerickTom Emerick is a consultant and speaker on health care economics. Previously, he led benefits for Walmart. In 2009, Healthspottr placed Tom as a top 100 US health care innovator for his work on medical ethics. A 2013 Forbes article named Tom one of 13 “Unsung Heroes Changing Health Care Forever.”

Fred GoldsteinFred Goldstein is a nationally prominent population health management expert with wide-ranging experience. His consulting firm, Accountable Health, helps health care organizations develop and implement the broad service capabilities required for population health management success. In previous roles, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Population Health Alliance and CEO of Specialty Disease Management.

Lee LewisLee Lewis runs A. J. Gallagher’s Innovation Lab practice, a mission-driven group devoted to improving the cost, quality and design of American healthcare, while improving the engagement and longevity of employees and their families. Lee’s practice partners with large employers to solve important healthcare problems, and were among the first consultants to bring employers sophisticated health plan audits and direct purchase specialty drug procurement.

Angela MitchellAngela Mitchell is US Healthcare Delivery Service Manager, Global Health and Wellness at Intel. She currently oversees Intel’s Connected Care ACO relationships with 6 different healthcare systems, covering over 36K lives.

Patricia Salber, MD, MBAPatricia Salber, MD, MBA is a health care serial entrepreneur and commentator. She is editor of the popular expert health care blog, The Doctor Weighs In. In previous roles, she has been Chief Medical Officer of Universal American Medicare Advantage Plans, Medical Director for Blue Shield of California’s CalPERS Business Unit, and Medical Director for General Motors.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, PhDJane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist, advisor and commentator supporting organizations at the intersection of health, technology and people. Jane’s clients are all health care stakeholders: technology, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services, food and consumer goods. She founded her blog, Health Populi, in 2007.

Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEMBruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, is Medical Director, Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering for Conduent HR Services, providing strategic client support for development, implementation and ongoing management of integrated, value-based health management strategies. Previously he was the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPHDr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is the Chief Medical Director/Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc. Prior to his current position, Dr. Shurney was the Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

Pamela Stanford>Pamela Stanford is Director of Integrated Wellness at Humana, currently working to integrate wellness offerings within clinical programs. Pam has developed wellness programming in hospitals, home care services organizations, fortune 500 companies and health care organizations.

Thomas Wilson, PhD, DrPHThomas Wilson, PhD, DrPH is an independent pragmatic epidemiologist specializing in the design, evaluation, and science-based improvement of population health programs. He is especially interested in mental and behavioral issues, health equity, evidence-based decision making, and the relationship between psychosocial stress and health outcomes.