CDC & Million Hearts Recognize 2013 Hypertension Control Champions

A blood pressure gauge with a heart in itHHS’ Million Hearts initiative recognizes nine public and private practices and health systems across the country for success in achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control.

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Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Fewer than half of those have it under control and are at risk of having heart disease or stroke, two of the leading causes of death and disability for Americans. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge is designed to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to successfully reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health. CDC co-leads the Million Hearts initiative with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“These practices have set up systems that work for patients and for providers. They use evidence-based guidelines and protocols, team-based care, electronic reminders to track patients’ progress, and recognize high-performing staff,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “By following their lead, we can help millions more Americans with high blood pressure get control. Controlling blood pressure saves lives and prevents disability from avoidable heart attacks and strokes.”

The 2013 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions, who together care for more than 8.3 million adult patients, are:

  • Broadway Internal Medicine PC; Queens, N.Y.
  • Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene; Keene, N.H.
  • Jen Brull, M.D.; Plainville, Kan.
  • Nilesh V. Patel, M.D., FRCS(Eng); Audubon, Pa
  • Pawhuska Indian Health Center (U.S. Indian Health Service); Pawhuska, Okla.
  • Kaiser Permanente; Northern California
  • River Falls Medical Clinic; River Falls, Wis.
  • ThedaCare; Appleton, Wis.
  • Veterans Health Administration (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

The Hypertension Control Champions, representing small and large, urban and rural, and private and federal health practices and systems achieved control rates ranging from 73 percent to more than 90 percent by using a variety of proven approaches. Following are some of these approaches: