Value & Access

Many of the 121.5 million Americans living with cardiovascular disease face barriers to getting the treatment that is right for them. The National Forum is engaging diverse stakeholders in a transformative, consensus-building initiative to overcome the barriers. Together, we are accelerating collaboration, breaking the stalemate and improving access to evidence-based care.

Value & Access Initiative Reports & Resources

UPDATED SHARED Decision-Making Guides 






To help healthcare providers engage in shared decision-making conversations with patients about treating and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Check out resources developed through the Value & Access Initiative

Consensus Goal

Enhance health and well-being by supporting people’s access to evidence-based care that is appropriate for them by:

  • Identifying evidence-based strategies for determining appropriateness of care
  • Supporting the implementation of evidence-based care that aligns incentives for patients, providers, payers, other stakeholders

The Steering Committee will share research, facts, best practices and policies to advance the consensus goal through its Action Agenda.

Action Agenda

Understand Best Practices on Payer/Purchaser Coverage Decisions

Highlight a way for all stakeholders to communicate, share evidence, best practices & identify areas for improvement

Patient Engagement Strategies

Identify effective and scalable shared-decision making tools and models

Patient Adherence

Identify and endorse or highlight models, research, tools and resources

Shift Spend From Low- to High-Value Care

Identify & support effective leverage points already underway that meet stakeholder needs

Value & Access Clearinghouse

Stakeholder Resources - Click on the Icons Below For Relevant Resources

Steering Committee Members

The steering committee includes a broad range of experts representing public health, patients, providers, payers, and pharma/biotech.

Michael Cropp, MD, MBA

Title Steering Committee Chair

Positions held
  • President & CEO,
  • Independent Health


Denise Duch Widzgowski

Positions held
  • President, Chairperson of the Board , The Mended Hearts, Inc.

Melanie G. Phelps, DrPH, JD

Positions held
  • Senior Advocacy Advisor, Health System Transformation , American Heart Association (AHA)

Jodi Smith, J.D.

Positions held
  • Director, Strategic Alliances, WomenHeart

Sara Traigle van Geertruyden

Positions held
  • Executive Director, Partnership to Improve Patient Care

Payers & Purchasers

Jim Ballenger, MBA

Positions held
  • Principal, BallengeRx Consulting

Michael Cropp, MD, MBA

Positions held
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Health


Stacy Manthos

Positions held
  • Executive Director, American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC)

Benjamin M. Bluml, RPh

Positions held
  • Senior Vice President Research and Innovation, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation

Mary Katherine Cheeley, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, FNLA

Positions held
  • Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Grady Health System
  • National Lipid Association

Brian Hart, JD

Positions held
  • Executive Director, National Lipid Association

Sue Koob, MPA

Positions held
  • CEO, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA)

Karyn Lockshine, CAE

Positions held
  • Executive Director, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

Donnell Ivy, MD, MPH

Positions held
  • Director for Community Programs , Association of Black Cardiologists

J. Brendan Mullen

Positions held
  • Executive Vice President, American College of Cardiology

Public Health

A. Mark Fendrick, MD

Positions held
  • Director Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID), University of Michigan

Noah Aleshire, JD

Positions held
  • Chief Regulatory Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

Positions held
  • Chief Medical Officer , Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Fortunato “Fred” Senatore, MD, PhD, FACC 

Positions held
  • Medical Officer, Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration


Virginia Sweeter, CMP

Positions held
  • Director, Alliance Development & Education, National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC)

This initiative is made possible by support from the following:

Founding Sponsor






In-Kind Contributors