The VSSL Policy and Care Delivery Immersive (PCDI) was created out of the belief that education is a core element of the lab mission and purpose, and to ensure that learners are able to engage in health systems delivery work through dedicated mentorship and project work.
The PCDI experience is designed for learners who are interested in value and systems science as concepts and would benefit from more exposure and clarification about how to integrate these interests into their careers. In particular, given the many ways to engage in these areas, learners are able to select between several specific tracks that are designed to make the PCDI as salient to their career interests as possible.
Beyond core PCDI content and activities, participants can select between two “tracks” to personalize their experience within the areas of value and systems science.
Policy. The Policy Track emphasizes public policymaking processes as well as landmark policies within the areas of value and systems science in order to provide participants with understanding about the “upstream” legislation and rules that ultimately determine organizational care delivery approaches. As such, this track focuses on the connection between major policies and subsequent organizational behavior, as well as insight about which policy features are most likely to drive which types of behaviors and care delivery approaches. Participants completing this track will be able to describe key steps in the policymaking process, as well as identify major payment or delivery policies that emphasize the importance of the following strategies for performing under episode-based and population-based payment and care models. Completion of the Policy Track will position participants well for participating on policy teams at provider organizations or governmental entities, as well as analyzing and promoting policies that support value-based care delivery.
Operations. The Operations Track emphasizes operational strategies for achieving value-based care and performance under value-based payment models. As such, this track focuses on the implementation of approaches with demonstrated potential to bring about such changes at provider organizations or payers. Participants completing this track will be able to describe the role of 5-6 operational strategies for achieving performance in episode-based and population-based models, as well as list the strengths of weaknesses of major organizational structures that promote strong performance towards value-based delivery goals. Completion of the Operations Track will position participants well for participating on operational teams at provider organizations or payers tasked with implemented value-based care delivery.