Resources for Health Care Settings
As a health care organization you are viewed as a key contributor to preventing cardiovascular disease. There are a variety of tools and programs available to incorporate health systems changes into the structure of health care settings. These tools are free to use and can be implemented in a variety of settings to assist patients with achieving proper blood pressure control and optimal cardiovascular health. Access to these tools can be found below.
Million Hearts® is a national initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The Million Hearts® website provides hypertension control action steps and various interventions specifically designed for clinicians. Tools include standardized treatment protocols and evidence-based strategies for improving cardiovascular health.
Target: BP is a national initiative launched by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. The goal is to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. This initiative offers access to the latest research, tools and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure rates of less than 140/90mmHG within the population being served.
Utilize their M.A.P. framework (Measure, Act, Partner) to focus on these three key areas of blood pressure management. Apply to receive national recognition for your practice by having at least 70 percent of hypertensive patients with blood pressure controlled to less than 140/90mmHg.
NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program
This program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to persons with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke. This program measures blood pressure control, use of aspirin or another antiplatelet, smoking cessation, body mass index screening and statin therapy.
Diagnosing the Undiagnosed Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by the Florida Department of Health in conjunction with Community Health Centers Alliance. This toolkit provides various algorithms and steps to utilizing electronic health records to diagnose patients that have had persistent high blood pressure readings but have never received an official hypertensive diagnosis.