Improving Cardiac health,
reducing Cardiac Healthcare Disparities
Preventive cardiovascular care is at the heart of better health for people with Medicare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two million heart attacks and strokes account for approximately 600,000 deaths each year. This makes heart disease the leading cause of death for both men and women.
How We Can Help
Quality Insights’ Quality Innovation Network offers a wealth of free evidence-based resources to improve cardiac health. We also convene Learning and Action Networks (LANs) to give healthcare providers, community organizations and patients the opportunity to share, learn and make a difference.
Our efforts align with the national
initiative that seeks to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes and include the following:
Home Health Agencies
Providing resources and direct technical assistance on preventive cardiovascular best practices
Facilitating participation in the national Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry
Identifying communication opportunities between home health agencies and other providers
Introducing Health Information Technology (HIT) tools to support secure communication between healthcare settings
Providing data targets, monitoring processes and patient-driven motivation to succeed
Facilitating the selection and spread of successful interventions
Identifying opportunities to work through the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle
Utilizing the My Quality Insights platform to maximize preventive cardiovascular impact
Patients and their Families
Providing opportunities to participate directly in Learning and Action Networks
Facilitating the sharing of individuals’ success stories related to cardiovascular prevention
Identifying critical community stakeholders for partnerships throughout our region
Introducing useful educational resources designed with proper health literacy and cultural appropriateness levels
All of these strategies include a focus on blood pressure measurement and control to benefit all Medicare beneficiaries with a key emphasis on African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minority beneficiaries; dual-eligible beneficiaries (those with both Medicare and Medicaid); and the providers and practitioners who serve them.
Quality Insights’ Quality Innovation Network’s goal is to be at the forefront of improving cardiac health in our network. To learn more or initiate a partnership, please visit the Get Local
section of this website to connect with your local project coordinator.
Visit our online Resource Library and these links on the web: