AHVAP Monthly eNews
The healthcare landscape has become increasingly complex and challenging, with rising costs, increasing regulatory demands, staffing and resource challenges, and a growing emphasis on delivering value-based care. In the midst of these challenges, healthcare value analysis professionals play a critical role in optimizing resources, improving patient outcomes, and driving efficiency. However, amidst the daily pressures and demands, it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of gratitude in fostering a positive work environment and improving overall wellbeing. This article will explore the significance of gratitude in today's challenging healthcare environment and provide practical suggestions for incorporating gratitude into the daily practices of healthcare value analysis professionals.
During President John F Kennedy’s address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt, June 25, 1963, he said “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future." Over the past few newsletter articles, I have written about courage, growth mindset and vision for the future. AHVAP has experienced an exciting six months, where we have enjoyed amazing positive energy resulting in tremendous membership growth, exciting new member benefits, exceptional member educational webinars, and continued influence and impact on healthcare. Our recent webinar on Candida auris was industry leading and the latest example of the timely response to member request.
I recently attended the spring IDN Conference in Orlando, FL, and took advantage of the educational sessions offered to attendees. Reflecting on my notes, one word stood out to me: value. Although each session mentioned value in healthcare, each was referenced through a different lens. Regardless of the topic, it was clear that value has different meanings to different people at different times and can change in the context of various topics. Discovering what a person considers “of value” is critical in communication and finding common ground.
Build a more resilient supply chain
ECRI Institute®
Ongoing shortages of critical medical devices highlight problems with the current “just in time” global supply chain model and the impact of local inventory on patient care. Building a resilient supply chain addresses these issues. To be successful, leaders need expert advice on how to navigate out-of-stock situations, evaluate and minimize category risk, and diversify for resiliency, which will ultimately drive an HRO model.
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AHVAP Education

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the launch of our revised Learning Management System, which is now branded as AHVAP University. Our amazing members are delivering on the promises of improving healthcare value and safety across the entire continuum of care on a daily basis. As such, this rebranding of our Learning Management System reflects a more comprehensive approach to our expanded partnerships across healthcare as a professional association. 

This Learning Management Platform houses several key educational resources including: 

  • Enduring webinars (January 2023-Present webinars have dual accreditation for CVAHP recertification and nursing continuing education
  • On-Demand CVAHP Board-Certification Review Course
  • AHVAP Podcasts
  • AHVAP Member Resources Office Hours
  • More Coming Soon

Multiple changes have been made to the platform to make it easy to search for previous educational programs. We will continue to make enhancements to the platform as we add more content over the coming months. AHVAP University is a members-only benefit included in your AHVAP Membership. AHVAP is continuously adding additional value to your membership every week.

As a reminder, for AHVAP Membership-related questions, please contact our dedicated Help Desk Email: info@ahvap.org

Thank you for your continued membership within AHVAP!

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce our May Special Webinar program on a Regulatory Overview of Medical Devices in the United States: An FDA Perspective. This webinar program is a result of a strategic collaboration with the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the availability of the Premier Value Analysis Guide, 5th Edition for AHVAP members as part of our ongoing strategic partnership with Premier. 
AHVAP Spotlight

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the May session of AHVAP Member Resources Office Hours. The May meeting will be held on May 23, 2023, from 4-5 pm ET. You will hear from your AHVAP President-Elect, Membership Co-Chair, and AHVAP Executive Director and EVP as well! 

This is a dedicated forum where you can learn more about the many members-only benefits of your AHVAP membership and ask questions regarding:

  • How to Access Past Continuing Education Webinars and Claim Credits
  • How to Update your AHVAP Member Profile
  • Utilizing the AHVAP Forum and Chat Feature
  • Accessing the Member Directory To Locate your Colleagues
  • Using the AHVAP Website and Resource Center
  • Taking Advantage of Membership Discount Networks
  • How to Submit Resources to AHVAP
  • How to Obtain Technical Support 
  • How to Find information on AHVAP Certification Center Programs
  • And More....

To register for the May AHVAP Office Hours: 

Register in advance for this meeting:

As a reminder, for AHVAP Membership-related questions, please contact our dedicated Help Desk Email:

We look forward to your participation in the upcoming May Office Hours Program.

Please note that this meeting is a member's only benefit and is NOT to be shared outside of AHVAP membership. 

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the new Niven Scholarship for Academic Advancement, which is available to any student pursuing academic studies in a field related to healthcare value analysis. Recruiting students and new professionals into our association and profession is vital to advancing our specialty. We are pleased that thanks to an anonymous donor, this innovative scholarship started by Karen has now been doubled to fund FOUR recipients. 

This scholarship was created by AHVAP's current President-Elect, Karen Niven, to recognize the critical role of students in advancing the specialty of healthcare value analysis. The scholarship fund will provide four recipients with a full AHVAP membership as a student. Here are the specific details of the scholarship:

  • Applicants MUST be currently enrolled at least part-time in an undergraduate or graduate program that is regionally accredited. 
  • The student's degree program must be related to healthcare value analysis methodology, healthcare finance, analytics, healthcare leadership, or healthcare ethics and professionalism. 
  • The scholarship is for students only and may not be used by current AHVAP members that are classified as regular members. 
  • Applicants must fully complete the required scholarship application and provide the necessary supporting documentation. 
  • Scholarship awards may only be used once by each individual.
  • Applicants or Nominators must submit a letter of enrollment verification from the school's registrar or current official class schedule with the application package. 
  • Applications may be submitted on behalf of a student by a current AHVAP member. 

Scholarship Applications: 

Scholarship Applications will open the first week of April and close at the end of May. If you know a deserving student that should be a member of AHVAP, now is the time to make them a part of the AHVAP family! We are extremely appreciative of this gracious donation by Karen Niven to start this innovative new scholarship to recruit more students into AHVAP! 

Thank you for being the very best part of AHVAP!

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the availability of a new career coaching service to include a resume/CV and social media coaching service. If you are currently seeking a new professional opportunity or simply want to update your professional presence, this is the service for you. Our experienced coach will review your current documents and online presence and provide detailed recommendations on opportunities for improvement. 
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Annual Conference Update
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is excited to announce the details of our 2023 Annual Conference. The AHVAP Conference Committee, Executive Team, and the Board of Directors have carefully reviewed feedback from our 2022 Conference attendees, vendor partners, and other stakeholders. Based on this feedback, AHVAP has heard your requests and is excited to act on many of the items on your wish list! For the past month, the AHVAP Executive Team has worked diligently in sourcing the best possible venue for our healthcare and industry attendees.

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work building the educational program for our 2023 conference.

In today’s healthcare environment, working in Value Analysis is more difficult and demanding than ever before! Symbolically, the tip of the spear is the first part the process. As we continue to evolve as a Value Analysis specialty, and work to not only get Value Analysis included and “at the table,” but also moved to the beginning of the process. The first step. Hence the Tip of the Spear! We are excited to share our 2023 Conference Theme is Tip of the Spear. We could not think of a theme that was more descriptive of the versatility of our members and the tremendous work that they do daily to deliver healthcare across the entire continuum. This term is also inclusive of our many partners in care delivery including our industry partners, regulatory agencies, and many more. 

We hope you will join us in Grapevine Texas, at our AHVAP National Conference and Industry Partner Expo September 25-28, 2023.

Warmest regards, 

Karen Niven, MS, BSN, RN, CVAHP™
Chairperson, Conference Planning Committee
President-Elect, AHVAP Board of Directors

Healthcare Supply Chain Resilience White Paper
ECRI Institute®
Supply chain resilience is defined as the capacity to prepare for unanticipated issues, manage disruptions, and recover, all while maintaining the stability of operations. ECRI’s White Paper identifies solutions that organizations can implement to build strength within their supply chain now to be better prepared for the next challenge.                       
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AHVAP Certification Center News

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is excited to announce a brand-new offering for AHVAP members that currently hold the CVAHP certification designation. Have you ever worried about if you had enough continuing education units to recertify your CVAHP certification? Perhaps you were not sure how many continuing education units you needed? Or maybe you were not sure how many hours of continuing education credit you receive when you give a professional presentation to an audience? Why worry about all of this stresses when you can now outsource them to Team AHVA.

CVAHP™ Credential Verification Service Now Available

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new online certification verification service for those healthcare professionals that hold a valid Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) Certification. In partnership with our digital badging partner, Credly, this new credential directory is now LIVE on our website. This new credential verification portal is available to the general public. 

To access the real-time credential directory, visit:

This new resource will also be used to verify individual certification status to employers, members of the public, and regulatory/licensing agencies upon request. There is no cost to utilize this service. 

If you have any questions regarding the CVAHP™ certification, please contact the AHVAP Certification Center via email: certification@ahvap.org

AHVAP Certification Center Team

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the new Beth Potter CVAHP™ Scholarship Fund, which is available to any AHVAP member. 

This scholarship was created by an anonymous donor to recognize the exceptional leadership of Beth Potter in advancing the Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) certification program. The scholarship fund will provide two recipients with the opportunity to sit for CVAHP™ certification examination. Here are the specific details of the scholarship:

  • Applicants MUST be a current AHVAP member 
  • The scholarship is for first time CVAHP™ Certification applications only and may not be used for recertification or retesting
  • Applicants must fully complete the required scholarship application and provide the necessary supporting documentation
  • Scholarship awards may only be used once by each individual
  • Applicants must have never been CVAHP™ certified and therefore be applying for initial certification

The scholarship application for 2023 is now closed. Moving forward, each year, the scholarship applications will be opened in January and closed in February.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in early May regarding scholarship awards.

Karen Niven, MS, BSN, RN, CVAHP™
Chairperson, Board of Directors
AHVAP Certification Center 

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) Certification Center is hosting the May Certification Office Hours on May 22 from 3-4 p.m. ET

This is a dedicated forum where you can ask questions regarding:

  • Certification eligibility
  • Exam registration processes
  • Types of questions are on the exam
  • How to recertify
  • What types of continuing education credits are acceptable
  • Details on the CVAHP™ CE VIP Concierge Service 
  • Information on new AHVAP Certification Center Micro-Certifications (TeamSTEPPS and Medical Device Safety)

To register for the May Office Hours: 

As a reminder, for AHVAP Certification-related questions, please contact our dedicated Help Desk Email: certification@ahvap.org

We look forward to your participation in the upcoming Office Hours Program.

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new micro-certification program on Medical Device Safety. This innovative micro-certification program is the first of its kind in the medical industry and has been developed with input from both the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of Cohort #2 of our live mini-certification program on TeamSTEPPS. The upcoming TeamSTEPPS training series that will equip you with the skills you need to improve teamwork and communication in your workplace. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork system that has been proven to enhance patient safety and quality of care. By focusing on communication, leadership, and situational awareness, TeamSTEPPS helps healthcare teams work together more effectively and efficiently.
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Industry News and Developments
American Hospital Association
The vision of a more stable and predictable supply chain after peak product and drug shortages during the pandemic is looking more and more like a mirage. From medical devices to personal protective equipment to essential drugs, scores of items are in short supply. The list of reasons for supply chain disruption are as varied as the product shortages themselves — raw materials shortages, recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China, low margins on some drugs, leading manufacturers to stop or reduce production to focus on newer, more profitable pharmaceuticals.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
Supply chain fragility became starkly apparent when the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head and reminded a public with unlimited access to products, whether innocuous or lifesaving, that those products are delivered through complex, global supply chains which can breakdown. During that time, the world was exposed to what happens when a supply shortage can be life-threatening; as it was when personal protection equipment was low, and ventilators rationed.
Value-based care doesn’t stop at discharge
Molnlycke Health Care®
As the healthcare industry embraces a value-based care model, it’s time for Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) to reimagine patient transitions throughout the continuum of care. Lack of
standardization between acute and post-acute care creates opportunity for failure points and worsened patient outcomes. By promoting communication, coordination, and consistency of care in each step of the patient journey, IDNs can maximize total value and achieve improved outcomes across the board.
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Wharton Business Daily
Drug shortages are rampant across much of Europe and the United States, where more than 100 medications, from antibiotics to inhalers to surgical sedatives, are currently unavailable. Researchers contends that dependence on foreign drug manufacturing has created fragile supply chains that imperil patients.
Revcycle Intelligence
Financial reserves have helped nonprofit hospitals and health systems survive amid ongoing operational and economic challenges, according to a report prepared for the American Hospital Association (AHA) by Kaufman Hall. Nonprofit hospitals generally only have two sources of funding. They can earn revenue from operations and investments or borrow funds through debt issuance in the bond markets or other forms of borrowing. With limited funding sources, nonprofit hospitals often rely on financial reserves to maintain stability.
Casco Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.
Pegasus Medical Concepts
While it is critically important for the nation’s healthcare system and for biomedical research that the Supreme Court’s recent ruling preserved access to mifepristone (Mifeprex) for now, the emergency action fails to ensure FDA’s long-standing regulatory authority and legal status for evaluating and approving new drugs and medical products. In sending the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further review, the high court’s April 21, 2023 action leaves open the prospect of further rulings that could undermine FDA’s approval process.
Kaiser Health News
Healthcare organizations are still more reactive than proactive when it comes to cybersecurity, a new study by Censinet, KLAS Research and the American Hospital Association revealed. A total of eight leading health systems sponsored the study to assess how aligned the industry is to the standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP) guidance.

Please make sure that you update your contact information on the AHVAP website so that we can stay in touch. Here is our contact information so that you can always reach the most appropriate team member to assist you:

Mailing Address:
2870 Peachtree Rd NW #915-7500
Atlanta, GA 30305

AHVAP Headquarters Phone Number:
(888) 400-6844

AHVAP Help Desk Email to assist with membership, clinical education, annual conference,
and all other AHVAP member benefits:

AHVAP Certification Help Desk to assist with all questions regarding CVAHP™ certification
and recertification: 

AHVAP Executive Director, Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr.:

Thank you for your continued membership in the premier healthcare value analysis association!