Value Analysis Program

The programs in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) focus on various aspects of health care delivery.

The Value Analysis Program studies the value of health care delivery at Mayo Clinic and other organizations. This includes analyzing cost, utilization, quality, safety, patient-reported outcomes and other measures. Three projects are under way.

High-Value Health Care Collaborative

The High-Value Health Care Collaborative was launched in late 2010 by a group of six leading health care organizations, including Mayo Clinic. Together, these organizations have more than 150,000 patients. Eight more organizations are slated to join the collaborative in the near future, which will expand the patient population to more than 3 million people.

Toward a goal of improving health while reducing costs, organizations in the collaborative are:

  • Collecting and exchanging data on quality, outcomes and cost for expensive, high-variation conditions and treatments
  • Identifying and evaluating best-practice health care models and innovative, value-based payment models
  • Sharing knowledge and lessons learned with the public

Making this collaborative particularly unique is not only its comprehensive patient population, but also the geographic diversity of those patients. This enables the group to more quickly and accurately compare the effectiveness and efficiency of specific health care practices, payment methods and treatments.

Optum Labs

Optum Labs facilitates the combining of information and ideas to improve the delivery and quality of care. This research alliance brings together innovative analytical tools, data from electronic medical records, insurance claims from millions of patients, and expertise from a variety of collaborators. One goal of this alliance is to provide insight for researchers about patients beyond the clinic setting, enabling research that was before impossible.

This alliance focuses on research into best outcomes for patients at lower costs. This massive repository of data, combined with powerful analytical tools and expertise allows researchers to tap into the growing flood of health care data. Information from electronic medical records combined with insurance claims provides valuable insight into solving our national health care challenges.

By combining clinical information with Optum’s extensive claims data, researchers are able to better understand health care delivery over time, compare the effectiveness of care, and analyze the total cost of care for specific procedures or diseases.

Health value and quality index

Through this project, the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is studying the value and cost-effectiveness of patient care at Mayo Clinic.

At Mayo, "value" is defined as outcomes — quality, safety and patient satisfaction — divided by cost over time. This project will help quantify "value" for a wide range of medical procedures and use that information to identify and implement best practices.

One initial area of focus is hip and knee replacements, where there is significant variability in the type of artificial joint given to patients. Mayo researchers are examining patient outcomes to find out which type works best over time.