Everybody’s business: value-based healthcare

10 May 2022 - Online

The series ‘Many Avenues of Health Management’ includes 4 online workshops that look at why and how to empower clinicians as leaders; how to design services and connect providers and industry to enhance the patient experience; how to practically assess and implement actions for health organisations and systems resilience; as well as the what, why, and how of the journey toward value-based health care.

Workshop 4 ‘Everybody’s business: value-based healthcare’

In recent years, value-based healthcare (VBHC) has been seen to provide an effective vehicle to improve health service efficiency with an outcome-based focus. It is a delivery model in which providers are paid based on patient health outcomes. Providers are rewarded when their patients’ health is improved; the effects and incidence of chronic disease decrease; and patients are able to live healthier lives. Such an approach has been creating incentives for healthcare providers to offer the best care at the lowest cost, resulting in savings in healthcare costs; patients receiving more value for money and increased patient quality of care and satisfaction. However, much more remains to be done in terms of large-scale implementation of VBHC and health managers can play a key role in making it happen.

The fourth module of the executive workshop series looks at what VBHC is and how health authorities and industry can contribute to making it happen.

  • Why should health systems and organisations drive the value-based revolution
  • What should they do to make it a reality?
  • How to frame the VBHC agenda and steer the cultural shift towards it?

What will you learn

  • You will be exposed to new perspectives on value-based care and approaches;
  • You will shared perspectives with other professionals;
  • You will learn from the experiences of an international group of peers;
  • You will analyse current significant managerial issues by discussing cases from different countries and different legal and cultural settings;
  • You will create new contacts and joined an international network of professionals sharing an interest in health management.

Who should attend?

The workshop series is targeted at multiple healthcare professionals wherein the common denominator is the search for competencies, skills, and managerial tools to understand and address some of the most pressing challenges in health management: leadership, person-centred care, health systems resilience, and value-based healthcare. The expected participants are:

  • health managers and leaders;
  • clinicians and nurses;
  • academia members and researchers;
  • policy-makers;
  • industry representatives.


Prof Federico Lega, PhD
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Prof Federico Lega, PhD

Prof Federico Lega, PhD

Prof Federico Lega, PhD, is a Full Professor of Health Administration at the Public Health Department at Milan University, where he runs all courses in healthcare management and policy for medical students and leads the Research Centre in Health Administration (HEAD).

He is also a Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management (SDA) where he teaches courses in Public Management and Health Services Management. He leads the research in strategy and organisational development in healthcare at the Bocconi Research Center on Health Policy and Management (CERGAS). From 2007 to 2014 he has been the Head of executive education for health managers, clinicians and medical industry leaders at the Bocconi School of Management (SDA).

Since 2015, he is acting as Editor in Chief of the journal Health Services Management Research, Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research and Medical Care Research Review. He has published eight books and over 150 articles in journals.

As a consultant, he has advised health systems on health policy matters and governance issues, several hospitals and networks in re-organisations, strategy-making processes, value-based approaches, economic evaluations, and process management, both at the national and international level.

In the last ten years, he has advised several companies in the medical industry on their transformation toward value-based models and on the development of effective market-access initiatives. Since 2002 he has coordinated over fifteen initiatives of duality or study tours, involving the exchange of managers and senior clinicians between countries (Italy, UK, USA, Germany and France). He currently sits on the boards of hospitals and local health authorities, advises health departments of regions, national health agencies and insurances, and works as a consultant for WHO.

Elke Grooten
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Elke Grooten

Elke Grooten

As Head of EU Relations, Elke Grooten leads the representation of the Novartis group towards EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels. She heads the Brussels office. Most recently, Elke was Senior Director of Public Affairs Europe at Novartis Corporate Affairs in Basel, responsible for strategic political projects and capability building in Europe and providing PA expertise to country affiliates in Western Europe, Nordics and Central Eastern Europe. Elke joined Novartis in 2002 and held several leadership positions in Market Access, Pharmaceutical Affairs, Business Development and Public Affairs at Sandoz Belgium and Europe. Elke is an industrial pharmacist and worked before as a quality assessor at the Belgian medicines agency and as director of pharmaceutical policy at Medicines for Europe. Elke lives in Brussels with her husband and is passionate about music, culture and travelling.

Dr Riikka-Leena Leskelä
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Dr Riikka-Leena Leskelä

Dr Riikka-Leena Leskelä

Dr Riikka-Leena Leskelä has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Aalto University. She has led or participated in about 200 development or research projects concerning social and healthcare, including RWE studies, development and modelling of processes and performance metrics (cost, quality and outcomes) for processes and healthcare systems, care management, demand and supply analysis, health economic analysis and cost of illness studies, strategic analysis and business plans, KPIs and benchmarking. She has worked with all the major hospitals in Finland as well as with major cities and municipalities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Detailed Programme

14.00-15.30 SESSION 1 – The big picture: making your health system/organisation valuable

VBHC has been conceptualised by Porter and Teisberg back in 2007, and since then has gained momentum in Europe. Yet, the original model was limited in scope, as shifting a whole health system/organisation toward value-based foundations requires a comprehensive effort that includes several further areas, such as procurement, human resources policies, funding, innovation, and more. In this first session, we will frame how health systems and organisations can develop an effective strategy to pursue their own trajectory toward value. There will be a 15-minute intervention by Elke Grooten, where she will share her viewpoint on VBHC from the perspective of the business environment.

15.45-16.45 SESSION 2 – Value generation on the ‘shop floor’

How can we begin the shift toward a value-based organisation? Is there a step-by-step guide that can be adopted? How can we create a culture and incentives that make the organisation and people more value-driven? Lessons and reflections from real-life experiences will be shared and discussed in this session.

17.00-18.00 SESSION 3 – How to implement the VBHC revolution: a practical approach

In this last session, we will be joined by a guest speaker who will present examples of how to implement value-based healthcare. Riikka-Leena Leskelä, PhD, will provide participants with some practical tools or examples for implementing VBHC in their organisation.

What our Members say

I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain