Tampa, Florida. December 16, 2019 — The American Association for Physician Leadership® (AAPL) announced today the debut of the book, “Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models:  Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Subspecialties,” by Grace E. Terrell, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP, FACPE, and Julian D. (Bo) Bobbitt Jr., attorney at Smith Anderson and President of Value Health Partners, LLC.

The book, available in print and convenient eBook formats, addresses an issue with which physician leaders are already familiar: All healthcare systems must soon move to value-based care. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” The problem is that most healthcare stakeholders lack the expertise to successfully affect the shift from pay-for-service to pay-for-performance models.

To better equip physician leaders, Terrell and Bobbitt, simultaneously visionary and practical, have culled and vetted key strategies from a large and disorganized body of sources to provide a cohesive, comprehensive guide that answers the question, “How can we make this succeed?” 

“We are delighted to partner with national pioneers Grace Terrell and Bo Bobbitt on this important and timely publication,” says Peter Angood, MD, president and CEO of the American Association for Physician Leadership®. “This book is a valuable roadmap for physician leaders who truly are on the front lines of change and can benefit from clearly defined goals for value-based care that are presented in a positive tone, supported by field-tested examples, and which confer proven reform opportunities.”

The 290-page research guide is filled with practical, no-nonsense advice on the shift to value-based care in both the private and public healthcare sectors, and at a time when healthcare stakeholders need to rethink their own added-value strategies in a manner that best serves patients and providers alike.

As the title suggests, the authors also lay out high-value strategies for 20 different subspecialties with specialty-specific changes in the way medicine is practiced and paid for.

“In the complicated world of payment and delivery system reform,” says Terrell, “this book deconstructs the most challenging concepts for the novice yet provides sophisticated insights for even the most seasoned executive.”

Adds Bobbitt: “As value-based care is coming of age, deciding how to start can be an overwhelming task.  Risks are high and success with the new models is challenging and time consuming.  This book fills an important need by providing concrete and proven strategies to aid in an organization’s successful transformation.”

Early Praise!

“Terrell and Bobbitt provide the steps to provide high quality, affordable care that purchasers and taxpayers expect, and patients deserve.”

“These authors are your transformation coaches, providing starting points for those early in the process, detailed workflow and infrastructure advice for those in the midst of the journey, and sage leadership insights for those who need to motivate and inspire their physician and care teams.”

“Grace and Bo make a complex and ambitious transformation seem achievable.”

“The Value-Based Health Care and Payment Models:  Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Subspecialties,” is a gem!”

“Dr. Grace Terrell has been a visionary leader of value-based care for decades … this book should be read by front-line clinicians, physician group and health system leaders, policymakers, payer, and others implementing value-based care models.”

 “Useful frameworks for understanding culture change, alignment, clinical redesign, appropriate use of data and technology, and patient engagement.”

“The book describes, in detail, how all providers might participate in the healthcare value chain – including specialists who have struggled to identify their role.”

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

  • The move to value isn't going away
  • This is an opportunity to lead and drive change positively
  • A new set of skills is required for physicians and other health care leaders
  • This book is a manual to help develop those skills

Part II: Elements of Value-Based Health Care

  • Payment Models
  • Care Models
  • Building Teams and Finding Strategic Partners

Part III: The Thorniest Problems Facing ACOs and Solutions to these Obstacles

  • Obstacle 1: Resistance to Change
  • Obstacle 2: Inadequate Technology
  • Obstacle 3: Failure to Integrate Care Models and Business Models

Part IV: A Deeper Dive into Building Sustainable Value-Based Care

  • Assessing Organizational Readiness
  • Characteristics of a High Performing Health System
  • Culture and Systems Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Strategy
  • Execution
  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Change Management
  • Implementing New Models of Care
  • Clinical Model Design and Management
  • Core Clinical Technology Infrastructure
  • Financial and Network Management
  • Integrated Data Exchange and Aggregation
  • Performance Management
  • Patient Engagement
  • Population and Clinical Risk Management
  • Components of New Care Model Design
  • Development of Care Models
  • Information Integration


Part V: Value-Based Payment Models

  • Categories of Payment Models
  • Payment Model Redesign
  • Design Considerations in Value-based Payment Models

Part VI: Optimizing Value

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Community Ecosystems and Reinvestment

Part VII: Front-line strategies from sub-specialists and community resources

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Child Psychiatrists
  • Dermatologists
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Gynecologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Oncologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Urologists

Part VIII: Conclusion

About the American Association for Physician Leadership®

The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the only professional organization dedicated to providing education, career support and advocacy to support physician leaders as they create transformative solutions within the rapidly evolving field of health care. Founded in 1975 as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the nonprofit association has educated thousands of physicians worldwide and has members in 46 countries at varying stages of their careers. The association is known for its award-winning magazine, the Physician Leadership Journal, its continuing medical education (CME) courses, and its Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification program. Based in Tampa, Fla., the association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education credits, and by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management to award CPE certification. Learn more at

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