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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 December 15, 2019 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 September 15Submit September 16 - October 15Submit October 16 - November 15Submit November 16 - December 15
$300$400$500$600
Award CategoryCategory Definition
Alternative Reimbursement VendorsCompanies or organizations using alternative reimbursement models.
Behavioral Health/EAPCompanies that provide services for mental and/or behavioral health, including EAPs.
Benefits Advisors, Brokers, ConsultantsBenefits Advisors, Brokers, Consultants who are bringing unique solutions to their clients.
Bundled Surgery ProvidersCompanies or organizations providing surgical services using bundled or episodes of care pricing.
Cardiovascular CareCompanies or organizations providing services for cardiac care.
Cancer ManagementCompanies or organizations providing services for cancer.
Care CoordinationCompanies or organizations providing care coordination or case management services.
Dependent CareCompanies or organizations providing services for dependent care and facilitation.
Diabetes ManagementCompanies or organizations providing services for diabetes.
Dialysis Carveout VendorsCompanies or organizations providing services for Dialysis.
Engagement Hub AppsCompanies providing apps for patient or employee engagement.
Fertility VendorsCompanies or organizations providing services for fertility.
Financial WellnessCompanies or organizations providing services for financial wellness.
Genomics and Gene TestingCompanies or organizations providing genomic testing and/or analytics services services.
Health SystemsHealth care systems providing programs.
InsuranceUnique insurance models.
Maternity ManagementCompanies or organizations providing services for maternity management.
Mindfulness VendorsCompanies or organizations providing services that utilize mindfulness.
Musculoskeletal ManagementCompanies or organizations providing services for musculoskeletal issues.
Obesity-related SolutionsCompanies or organizations providing services for obesity and weight management.
Offshore/Medical TourismCompanies or organizations providing services outside of the United States.
Opioid/Chemical DependenceCompanies or organizations providing services specifically for opioid or chemical dependency.
Pain ManagementCompanies or organizations providing services for pain and pain management.
Pharmacy Benefits ManagementCompanies or organizations providing innovative pharmacy benefits management services.
Primary CarePrimary Care models and providers.
Second Opinion FirmsCompanies or organizations providing second opinion services.
Sleep VendorsCompanies or organizations providing services for sleep analysis and improvement.
Stop Loss CarriersCompanies or organizations providing stop loss services.
Telemedicine VendorsCompanies or organizations providing telemedicine services.
Third Party AdministratorsTPAs offering innovation solutions and extending greater value to their clients.
Transparency ToolsCompanies or organizations providing price an/ or quality transparency tools for employers.
Transport SolutionsCompanies or organizations providing transportation services.
Voluntary BenefitsOther voluntary benefits.
Wellness VendorsCompanies or organizations providing wellness or general health improvement programs.

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 December 15, 2019. 

Award CategoryCategory Description
Small Group (<250 Employees)For employers with less than 250 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 CollaborativeRecognizing 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 VendorsHuman Resource Information Management Systems.
Marketing CompanyUnique marketing programs.
SpotlightCompanies that have developed a unique or innovative program which is early in its roll out and do not yet have outcomes data.

Honorary Awards


Our six honorary categories recognize individuals whose commitment to high-value health care goes beyond the average calling. These are disruptors and visionaries who are changing the way the industry views itself, as well as how others purchase and use health care programs, services, and tools. Nominate yourself or nominate a colleague, friend, or mentor. 

Award Category
Hall of Fame
Lifetime Achievement - Clinical Care
Lifetime Achievement - Health Benefits Innovation
Outstanding Benefits Advisor/Broker
Outstanding Corporate Senior Leader - Health Benefits
Outstanding Employer/Union Benefits Manager (Purchaser)