Working with our members and other stakeholders, the Association will transform Virginia's health care system to achieve top-tier performance in safety, quality, value, service, and population health. The Association's leadership is focused on: improving access to care; continuing to improve health care safety, quality, and service; promoting a vibrant, high-value health care system; and, advancing population health to promote health and economic opportunity for all Virginians.
Through the power of collaboration, the Association will be a recognized driving force behind making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) formed in 1926 as a trade association of Virginia hospitals.

In 1995, members voted to change the name from the Virginia Hospital Association to reflect changing membership, which includes not only rural and urban hospitals, but integrated health care delivery systems and their long-term care facilities and services, ambulatory care sites, home health services, insurance subsidiaries, and other health system-related entities.

VHHA's activities focus on four strategic areas:

1. Improving Access to Care.
2. Continuing to Improve Health Care Safety, Quality, and Service.
3. Promoting a Vibrant, High-Value Health Care System.
4. Advancing Population Health.

1. Improving Access to Care

  • Collaborate with leaders in Richmond and Washington to successfully implement Medicaid expansion and the hospital provider assessments, and to support reforms to the Medicaid program that bend the cost curve downward.
  • Work with elected and appointed leaders in Richmond and Washington, as well as allied health organizations, to expand education and training opportunities for physicians, nurses, and other health care workers.
  • Intensify efforts through the VHHA Behavioral Health Committee to expand services and develop innovative solutions to Virginia's mental health and substance use disorder challenges.

2. Continuing to Improve Health Care Safety, Quality, and Service

  • Reduce preventable health care-associated harm for patients and employees by working with member organizations to promote the use of evidence-based best practices.
  • Improve care coordination to lower readmissions by assisting members in the identification and implementation of quality improvement strategies in the acute care hospital setting and beyond.
  • Improve patient, family, and caregiver experience of care related to quality, safety, and across care settings.
  • Assist members with advancing high reliability organization (HRO) practices and principles.

3. Promoting a Vibrant, High-Value Health Care System

  • Work with members, elected appointed leaders, insurers, providers, and other stakeholders to reduce health care cost drivers, limit future cost growth, and improve affordability.
  • Redesign delivery and payment models to focus on reducing non-value-added care while ensuring patients have access to high-quality care.
  • Work at the state and federal level to ensure Virginia health systems are fairly compensated for their services, and reduce the health care regulatory burden.

4. Advancing Population Health

  • Leverage Medicaid expansion to address the health needs of underserved communities and populations, and to improve Virginia's performance on population health.
  • Implement the Partnering for a Healthy Virginia Initiative with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
  • Maintain Virginia's ranking among the top five states in the National Health Security Preparedness Index rankings.