Provider Resources for Hypertension Quality Improvement

1 of 3 US adults (estimated at approximately 71 million people) has high blood pressure and almost half of these individuals (48.2%) do not have their blood pressure under control.
Common problems that account for inaccurate blood pressure measurement
When the patient has… BP can appear higher by…
Cuff over clothing 10-40 mmHg
A full bladder 10-15 mmHg
A conversation or is talking 10-15 mmHg
An unsupported arm 10 mmHg
An unsupported back 5-10 mmHg
Unsupported feet 5-10 mmHg
Crossed legs 2-8 mmHg

Chronic Disease Prevention Webinar Series

The Chronic Disease Prevention Webinar Series supports health care system interventions and chronic disease interventions that connect the community and clinical settings. These webinars focus on the general population as well as priority populations of adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure and those who are at high risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Webinars:

Diabetes Prevention in Massachusetts: Screening and referring to local Diabetes Prevention Programs

This webinar is geared toward healthcare providers who are looking to increase their understanding of prediabetes, locally-available diabetes prevention programs, and how to better screen, test, and manage their patients with prediabetes.

Webinar Objectives

  • To understand the impact of diabetes both nationally and at the state level
  • To learn the prevalence of prediabetes in MA and why it is a growing concern
  • To familiarize oneself with the supporting evidence and features of the Diabetes Prevention Program
  • To comprehend the  Prevent Diabetes STAT initiative and how you can better screen, test, and refer patients with prediabetes to a Diabetes Prevention Program

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Improve Population Health Outcomes: Leveraging EHR and Patient Registries

This webinar will help you to understand how leveraging the Electronic Medical Record implementation and reporting can help you manage outcomes. Anita Christie, RN, MHA, CPHQ, Director of Clinical Preventative Services in the Division of Prevention and Wellness and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, defines population health and help you identify quality improvement tools to improve care coordination.

Webinar Objectives:

  • To define Population Health
  • To understand how Electronic Medical Record implementation and reporting can help to manage outcomes
  • To provide basic information regarding quality improvement
  • To discuss how this presentation can help better coordinate care in your practice

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The Million Hearts Initiative: Leveraging Health Information Technology, Quality Improvement, and Primary Care Teams to Identify Hypertensive Patients Hiding in Plain Sight Change Package

This webinar features Hilary Wall, the Million Hearts Science Lead at CDC, discussing undiagnosed hypertension “Hiding in Plain Sight.” The presentation focuses on the identification and management of undiagnosed hypertensive patients. In the webinar, Ms. Wall reviews case studies from across the country and answers questions.

Webinar Objectives:

  • To understand the problem of undiagnosed/untreated hypertensive patients
  • To learn how to identify undiagnosed/untreated hypertensive patients
  • To understand how to engage these undiagnosed patients in care
  • To achieve blood pressure control in patients through use of the NACHC Million Hearts HIPS Consolidated Change Package

View the webinar.

The National Association of Community Health Centers published a Change Package with several case studies and resources on how to use your EMR to find patients that may have undiagnosed hypertension.  The resource is available online by clicking this link:  National Association of Community Health Centers Identifying Hypertensive Patients Hiding in Plain Sight Consolidated Change Package

Improving Clinical Processes to Achieve Hypertension Control: The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians

This webinar features Hilary Wall, the Million Hearts Science Lead at CDC, presenting the Hypertension Control Change package in a webinar sponsored by DPH. This quality improvement action guide helps clinicians improve hypertension control. The “Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians” provides health care practices with a comprehensive list of evidence-based process improvements, throughout the patient visit and beyond, to efficiently and effectively care for patients with hypertension. The guide also provides examples of tools that can be adopted by or adapted to individual practices or health systems.

Webinar Objectives:

  • To provide a brief overview of Million Hearts®, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to prevent heart attacks, and highlight the burden of hypertension in the U.S.
  • To explore continuous quality improvement for hypertension control.
  • Learn about tools to help with quality improvement including the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package.

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The CDC published a Change Package with several case studies and resources on how to improve hypertension control.  The resource is available online by clicking this link: CDC Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians

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