American Heart Association and Quality Insights Team Up to Target Blood Pressure

2/23/2017
One in three American adults — about 80 million people — has high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. To combat this major health threat, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) launched the Target: Blood Pressure nationwide initiative to help healthcare providers and patients achieve better blood pressure control at the best levels to improve health. Quality Insights is partnering with them to introduce this program to physician practices in our five-state network.
 
Through Target: Blood Pressure, healthcare providers pledge their commitment to improving blood pressure control in their patient population. In turn, the AHA and AMA provide information, tools and resources to help meet these goals.
 
As the American Heart Association’s Quality and Systems Improvement Senior Director, Samantha Johnson collaborates with other organizations that share a common goal of reducing high blood pressure.

“The Quality Innovation Networks have been ideal partners in this effort,” states Johnson. “They work directly with physician offices and can help us spread messages and opportunities to increase blood pressure control rates.”

In an effort to educate the physicians in our five-state network about the Target: Blood Pressure initiative and encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity, Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network co-hosted a webinar on February 16, 2017 and will co-host a follow-up webinar on March 21, 2017.
 
More than 200 clinicians participated in the February webinar, setting their practices up for improving blood pressure control rates.

“The webinars allow us to reach a large audience across our five states in a format that is both convenient to access and proven to be an effective educational vehicle. Each session will explain the program as well as showcase free tools that clinicians can use to help their patients better control their blood pressure,” said Kevin Massino, Quality Insights Network Task Lead. “If clinicians take advantage of this free initiative, they have the potential to greatly impact their patients’ cardiovascular health.”

Once enrolled, participants will gain regular access to evidence-based guidelines and a variety of tools and resources. Target: Blood Pressure participants will adhere to the most current AHA guidelines on blood pressure control, aiming for readings of lower than 140/90 mm Hg, and following subsequent guidelines as they emerge.
 
To join this movement in helping patients achieve greater blood pressure control, clinicians can visit the American Heart Association’s Target: Blood Pressure website.