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Spring 2017 President's Message

Posted By Susan D. Knapp, RN, MS, CVAHP, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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Happy spring!  I started in this position four months ago and already so much has happened.  I hardly know where to begin.  As you may be aware there was a survey sent to members in regards to adding an affiliate member level to AHVAP.  We asked for your input and we got it – thank you!  Based on that survey we are establishing a workgroup to review the criteria for membership as well as all the feedback we received to see what direction AHVAP should take moving forward. If you are interested in joining this workgroup please let me know at

I attended the Northeast Regional Meeting in Philadelphia on March 31st.  Our Northeast Regional Director, Laura Polson, did a fabulous job with support from Robin Lane, President-Elect.  A third of the northeast members attended.  It was so well received by those in attendance that we can’t wait to do it again.  Philly is the hometown of ECRI, Wini Hayes and Bob Yokl so they each attended the meeting and presented.  Value Analysis professionals, new and old, each learned something new that day.  And many new friends were made.  The success of this meeting has inspired us to consider having the regions meet on the Wednesday of the annual conference.  Members can network with other members and professionals from their region, participate in interactive activities and panels, and just have fun sharing information.  Look for additional details as the annual conference materials start coming out this summer.

Twice a year hospitals and organizations such as AHVAP participate in a reverse expo at the IDN Summit.  This reverse expo allows us to connect with facilities that may not have AHVAP members as well as suppliers that might be interested in learning about AHVAP and Value Analysis or participate in our annual conference supplier showcase.  Robin Lane, Laura Polson, Melanie Miller and I just returned from Orlando. We presented “Using Data in Value Analysis” at a Lunch and Learn session with over 40 supply chain, sourcing and value analysis professionals.  It was the best attended lunch and learn session the Summit has ever had.  Later in the day we presented an Idea Exchange with over 20 professionals on “Integrating Value Analysis and Sourcing.” Both were so well received that the organizers of the IDN Summit plan to add more Value Analysis sessions in the future.  Well done team!  The next day all four of us managed a booth at the reverse expo as well as visited all the hospital booths present to encourage their Value Analysis staff to join AHVAP.  It was an exhausting but exhilarating day.  We all took away some bit of knowledge, made new friends and got the AHVAP name out there. 

The AHVAP mentoring program is starting to take off.  Two protégés have been matched with preceptors this past month.  This is a great program for a member who is new to Value Analysis or starting a new program or even someone who has been in the Value Analysis for awhile and just needs some short-term mentoring through a project.  There are wonderful, knowledgeable preceptors available to you. 

The annual conference will be held on October 18-20, so please save the dates.  The Conference Committee promises to have some exciting presentations and it is a great way to meet other like-minded professionals and forge some lasting friendships. I can tell you from experience that it is nice to have friends in VA that you can bounce thoughts and problems off of.  They are always willing to share.  

All our committees are working hard on initiatives.  Membership will be managing the Maturation Survey that is sent to the membership every two years.  Educational Development Committee will be surveying you soon on what your educational needs are.  The Certification Committee and Marketing Committee are hard at work on some projects as well.  All to the benefit of you, our members.  We are always looking for help on these committees.  Everyone has something to offer.  Come on and join one of our committees.

Lastly I want you to prepare for Healthcare Value Analysis Week, July 16-22.  #IamValueAnalysis.. That’s right!  We have a week designated to us, the Healthcare Value Analysis Professional.  Make sure your facility recognizes you.  Marketing Committee is working hard to develop ideas to help you promote yourself and your position in Value Analysis. Be on the lookout for more details coming up.  And please download the AHVAP app from DoubleDutch.  We are planning to use this more and more to send out information as well as keep you up-to-date on events. We want AHVAP to be at your fingertips.  Have a great day.  I am here if you need me so please don’t hesitate to contact me via or

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