Health Value Award Categories

Health Value Award categories cover the entire health care spectrum – from recognizing the highest performing vendors and tools to honoring standout employer benefits. Whatever your niche, there’s a Health Value Award category for you. Our categories mirror the ecosystem of our online health care directory, eXchange, and reflect the way in which employers would search for vendors and services.

Before submitting your awards application, please review the award tracks, categories, and definitions to ensure you’re applying under the most appropriate category for your services.

Peer-Reviewed Awards

Validation Institute is all about recognizing high-value, high-performance health care programs. All program applications in the Peer-Reviewed categories undergo an independent, detailed analysis conducted by a team of data scientists to verify the performance/results claims for the program. This qualification process mirrors our Validation Process, but does not equal a formal Program Validation. Programs that pass this peer review step are considered finalists for a Health Value Award and are then passed on to our panel of judges.

All applications must be received by January 8, 2021 and must include the appropriate peer review data in order for the application to be considered complete.

Application fees to cover the cost of peer review and administration do apply to these award categories and are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as the fee increases monthly.

Submit by August 15 Submit August 16 – October 15 Submit October 16 – November 20 Submit November 21 – December 18 Submit December 19 – January 8, 2021
Complimentary $300 $300 $300 $300
Award Category Category Definition
Complimentary Companies or organizations using alternative reimbursement models.
Alternative Reimbursement Vendors Benefits Advisors, Brokers, Consultants who are bringing unique solutions to their clients.
Behavioral Health/EAP Companies or organizations providing services for cardiac care.
Benefits Advisors, Brokers, Consultants Companies or organizations providing care coordination or case management services.
Bundled Surgery Providers Companies or organizations providing services for dependent care and facilitation.
Cardiovascular Care Companies or organizations providing services for diabetes.
Cancer Management Companies providing apps for patient or employee engagement.
Care Coordination Companies or organizations providing services for financial wellness.
Dependent Care Companies or organizations providing genomic testing and/or analytics services services.
Diabetes Management Health care systems providing programs.
Dialysis Carveout Vendors Unique insurance models.
Engagement Hub Apps Companies or organizations providing services for maternity management.
Fertility Vendors Companies or organizations providing services that utilize mindfulness.
Financial Wellness Companies or organizations providing services for musculoskeletal issues.
Genomics and Gene Testing Companies or organizations providing services for obesity and weight management.
Health Systems Companies or organizations providing services outside of the United States.
Insurance Companies or organizations providing services specifically for opioid or chemical dependency.
Maternity Management Companies or organizations providing services for pain and pain management.
Mindfulness Vendors Companies or organizations providing innovative pharmacy benefits management services.
Musculoskeletal Management Musculoskeletal Management
Obesity-related Solutions Companies or organizations providing second opinion services.
Offshore/Medical Tourism Companies or organizations providing services for sleep analysis and improvement.
Opioid/Chemical Dependence Companies or organizations providing stop loss services.
Pain Management Companies or organizations providing telemedicine services.
Pharmacy Benefits Management TPAs offering innovation solutions and extending greater value to their clients.
Primary Care Companies or organizations providing price an/ or quality transparency tools for employers.
Second Opinion Firms Companies or organizations providing transportation services.
Sleep Vendors Other voluntary benefits.
Stop Loss Carriers Companies or organizations providing wellness or general health improvement programs.
Telemedicine Vendors Other voluntary benefits.
Third Party Administrators Other voluntary benefits.
Transparency Tools Other voluntary benefits.
Transport Solutions Other voluntary benefits.
Voluntary Benefits Other voluntary benefits.
Wellness Vendors Other voluntary benefits.
Population Health Management Other voluntary benefits.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Awards

These award categories primarily highlight employer initiatives that demonstrate high-value outcomes to their employees, but some categories extend to healthcare vendors/services that wouldn’t be appropriately evaluated under the constraints of the peer review process (promising start-ups with limited data, for example). Entrants still undergo a thorough assessment by our judges panel.

There is no application fee for non-peer-reviewed award submissions.

All applications must be received by January 8, 2021.

Award Category Category Description
Small Group (<250 Employees) For employers with over 5,000 employees that utilize high-value health care programs, services, or tools
(internally developed or externally) to improve the health care and lifestyles of their workforce and their families.
Mid-sized Group (250 – 5,000 Employees) For employers with between 250 and 5,000 employees that utilize high-value health care programs, services, or tools
(internally developed or externally) to improve the health care and lifestyles of their workforce and their families.
Large Group (>5,000 Employees) For employers with over 5,000 employees that utilize high-value health care programs, services, or tools
(internally developed or externally) to improve the health care and lifestyles of their workforce and their families.
Health Care Purchasing Collaborative Recognizing employer member groups that provide outstanding guidance, support, and communication to their networks as
they advocate for the lowering health care costs, improvements in quality care, and other health care and healthy lifestyle missions.
HRIS Technology Vendors Human Resource Information Management Systems.
Marketing Companyttt Unique marketing programs.
Spotlight Companies that have developed a unique or innovative program which is early in its roll out and do not yet have outcomes data.