PhRMA Foundation recognizes inaugural Challenge Award recipients


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Eileen CannonOctober 6, 2017

PhRMA Foundation recognizes inaugural Challenge Award recipients.

Last month, the PhRMA Foundation announced the recipients of the inaugural Challenge Awards at Morning Consult. These awards recognize the best and the brightest that are identifying transformative solutions to measure value in health care and advance a value-driven health care system. The Challenge Awards are the first phase in the multi-year Value Assessment Initiative that will award over $1 million to advance the field of value assessment.

Recipients of the PhRMA Foundation 2017 Challenge Awards are:


  • A Framework for Measuring Low-Value Care, Altarum
    • It has been estimated that more than 30 percent of health care spending in the U.S. is wasteful. Low-value care, which drives up costs unnecessarily while increasing patient risk, is a significant component of this wasteful spending. Altarum’s winning paper summarizes and critiques existing methods that measure low-value care and describes an integrated framework that combines multiple methods to comprehensively estimate and track the magnitude and principal sources of clinical waste.
  • Improving Value for Eczema Patients, National Eczema Association
    • With the cost of chronic diseases now representing a majority of spending in the United States health care system, a reliable model to measure value is critical to identify replicable improvement methods. The National Eczema Association’s (NEA) plan to establish a Shared Decision Making Resource Center is a transformative strategy that can evaluate value of health care interventions for eczema patients to advance a value-driven health care system in the U.S.


  • Emerging Good Practices for Transforming Value Assessment: Patients’ Voices, Patients’ Values, National Health Council and The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    • Most U.S. value frameworks and subsequent assessments are developed with little to no patient engagement. The National Health Council (NHC) started a value workgroup in 2016 to change this. In the past two years, patient advocacy group engagement with value framework developers and assessors has increased, with groups reporting both positive experiences and challenges in their interactions. The NHC will use these early experiences can help recommend emerging good practices that can eventually get the field to implement standards for patient engagement.


  • Patient Report Outcome Measures to Advance a Value-Driven Health Care System, University of Michigan
    • Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are tools that assess patient perspectives on their health without interpretation by any other parties, and they are key tools in clinical research. The integration of electronically-delivered PROMs in clinical practices can dramatically change health outcomes by influencing decision-making. The authors of this paper propose that the implementation of generic and disease/condition specific PROMs across health care systems will advance a value-driven health care system.

Presentations from the Challenge Awards winners are available here. For more information on the PhRMA Foundation’s Value Assessment Initiative, please visit

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