Value in Health Care Initiative

Value in Health Care Initiative


NEW! The Value in Healthcare Initiative has published a series of papers to improve the quality and value in health care for patients with cardiovascular disease. Find the news release here and a summary paper about the initiative here.

New publications include:


AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) 2020 Poster Presentations

Three papers from the Value in Healthcare Initiative were accepted for poster presentations at the 2020 ARM. The posters are linked below:



The American Heart Association and the Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy have established an groundbreaking new collaboration called the Value in Healthcare Initiative that aims to transform cardiovascular care.

The Initiative will leverage the strengths of each organization to increase access and affordability while eliminating barriers to necessary care.  Together, the two organizations will model and test solutions in cardiovascular care and treatment, document impact and results, and develop a framework for system-wide reform that supports an equitable and affordable system of care. This bold alliance aims to bring enterprise-wide solutions and leadership to the urgent issues facing patients.

As the nation’s oldest voluntary organization devoted to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the American Heart Association has a unique role in amplifying the patients’ voice. Duke-Margolis is a preeminent thought leader focused on redesigning the healthcare delivery system to better drive health and value of care in support of patients and has significant experience on payment reforms for care delivery and medical products. The organizations are uniquely positioned to put the patient voice at the forefront and define value through legal, regulatory and policy barriers while translating research into practical policy options. The American Heart Association and Duke-Margolis will collaborate on this initiative to identify key barriers and obstacles in the current system and develop disruptive solutions for models of care.

Research Team

Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Director of Margolis Center
Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy
Margolis Executive Core Faculty

Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders, PhD

Research Director, Health Care Transformation
Senior Team Member
2020 Intern Mentor


Marianne Hamilton Lopez, PhD, MPA

Research Director, Value-Based Payment Reform
Senior Team Member

Gillian Schmidler

Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD

Deputy Director of Academics, Margolis Center
Professor of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Margolis Executive Core Faculty
2020 Intern Mentor

William K. Bleser - Margolis headhot

William K. Bleser, PhD, MSPH

Managing Associate, Payment Reform and Population Health
Senior Team Member
2020 Intern Mentor

Rachel Roiland

Rachel Roiland, RN, PhD

Research Associate


Elizabeth Singletary

Research Assistant

Hannah Crook

Hannah Crook

Research Assistant


Funding for this project is provided by the American Heart Association