The Value & Systems Science Lab
What good are ideas or data if they don't lead to meaningful insight and action?
The Value & Systems Science Lab (VSSL) was created to transform data and ideas into actionable insight. The Lab was founded on the notion that the more this type of transformation occurs, the greater the chance that value- and systems-based interventions can improve the health of patients and populations.
To achieve that mission, we focus on understanding how payment, delivery, and human behavior affect health outcomes.
We take these focuses seriously and believe that however worthy, anything beyond them is not in the best in interest of target patients and populations, as well as our partners, collaborators, and funders.
What's New in the Lab?
Equity in Value-based Care. The health care "value equation" frames value as the product of quality and costs. While this is a helpful framework, it unfortunately fails to directly consider equity. Unsurprisingly, this dynamic means that value-based payment and delivery programs can create or exacerbate healthcare disparities. VSSL is committed to being part of the solution by prioritizing new equity-focused projects in its portfolio of work.
Primary Care Reform. We are working on releasing the VSSL PRISM, the Primary Care Reform Intervention-Stakeholder Matrix. Learn more about PRISM here.
By affecting organizational strategy and the behaviors of groups and individuals, health care financing -- how we pay organizations, clinicians, and other groups to provide health care services -- can key role in determining health care outcomes.
We use deep expertise in financial incentives and contract design to analyze payment models, and advanced statistical methods to study how large payment arrangements impact provider strategy and patient and population outcomes.
Payment incentives impact outcomes through downstream care delivery models and processes: systematic or reproducible ways in which individuals and groups organize and deliver health care services to patients and populations.
We use advanced statistical methods and implementation insights to both study care delivery models and identify salient implementation considerations for implementing them.
Human behavior is the final common pathway to all health interventions. Without it, payment incentives and care delivery models do not impact the health of patients and populations. In turn, understanding the behavior of clinicians and patients can provide unique insight into how to design payment models and organize care delivery models that can improve the health outcomes.
We use expertise in behavioral and decision science, along with randomized controlled trials, to study how interventions designed using behavioral principles impact outcomes.
Interested in working together?
VSSL is designed to leverage collaboration with health care stakeholders -- clinicians and their organizations, purchasers (payers , employers), and others to drive change that impacts patients and populations. To do so, it works with different stakeholders, drawing on content expertise in areas such as decision sciences, health policy, care delivery redesign, and behavioral economics, as well as health system leadership in population health, value-based purchasing and care delivery.
If these focus areas align with your interests or work, we'd love to hear from you!