Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                                November 17, 2017

In This Issue

millionOn November 7, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 24 winners of the 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge. One of those winners, The Wright Center Clarks Summit Center, is located in Clarks Summit, PA and is a participant in the Quality Insights / Pennsylvania Department of Health Hypertension & Diabetes Control and Prevention Project.
The Champions, who provide care to more than 1.2 million adults, focused on proven strategies to help their patients achieve blood pressure control at rates at or above the Million HeartsĀ® target of 70 percent.
"Too many Americans have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for a heart attack, stroke, dementia and other serious health threats," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "Controlling blood pressure is one of the most effective ways to keep people healthy. We applaud these Champions for such great progress."
Please join Quality Insights in congratulating The Wright Center on this impressive achievement!
Register for the upcoming Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Model Expansion Call     

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
registerThe CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule includes the expansion of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Model starting in 2018. During this call, CMS experts provide a high-level overview of the finalized policies. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
The MDPP expanded model is a structured intervention with the goal of preventing progression to type 2 diabetes in individuals with an indication of pre-diabetes. Participants should review the final rule prior to the call.
Target Audience: Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized Diabetes Prevention Program organizations; organizations interested in becoming MDPP suppliers, including existing Medicare providers/suppliers, community organizations, non-for-profits; associations, and advocacy groups focused on seniors or diabetes; and other interested stakeholders, including health plans, primary care/internal medicine specialties.
earn a free certificate by completing the "Diabetes & Your Patients" online course from hhqi    

earnThis free one-hour course from the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign provides the basics about diabetes, prediabetes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, effects on the body, and what an aide can do for patients with diabetes. Applicable for home health or hospice aides & community health workers, the course includes videos, online activities, and a short post-test. Everyone who successfully completes the course will earn a complimentary certificate, which is available immediately.

Follow these steps to earn your complimentary certificate:
  1. Register/log in on the HHQI University website.
  2. Select the Diabetes & Your Patients course in the Home Health Aides course catalog.
  3. Click ENROLL under the apple icon.
  4. Go to MY ACCOUNT to launch the course.
  5. The course will be listed on the ENROLLED tab of the LEARNING ACTIVITES section. Click on the green GO icon in the View column to launch the course.
  6. Launch Lesson 1 by clicking the green GO icon in the Action column.
  7. Once you've completed Lesson 1 with a score of 80% or better on the post-test, return to MY ACCOUNT and launch Lesson 2 to complete the evaluation.
  8. Print your certificate from the MY ACCOUNT area in HHQI University.
If you have any questions, please email HHQI.
download new diabetes patient resources from the cdc 

resources downloadThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recently released several new and very popular Diabetes at Work resources that will help your patients with diabetes better manage and understand their disease. Available in English and Spanish, the new diabetes fact sheets provide information about a wide range of topics, from healthy eating to coping with the emotional side of diabetes.
Quality Insights encourages you to post links to these fact sheets on your website or print and distribute them to patients at your practice. Examples of available materials are listed below. 
How to Stay Healthy With Diabetes
Click here  for a full list of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) fact sheets.
did you hear about the New AHA Hypertension Guidelines? 

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hypertensionOn Monday, November 13, 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a new hypertension guideline that states that people with a systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher are now considered to have hypertension. High blood pressure used to be defined as 140/90.

The change means 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 still will be considered normal, but levels at or above that, to 129, will be called "elevated."

The new guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier, according to the authors. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke - the two leading causes of death in the world. Read more.
tips to ensure a smooth meaningful use application process within the pa medicaid ehr incentive program 

tipsFor many applying for the Medical Assistance (MA) EHR Incentive Program can be confusing and complex, yet there are several things that you can do to ensure a smooth application process. Often times applications are delayed because of missing or unacceptable documentation. Other times providers have had closed service locations or left practices after the group already attested for them.  

Below are some basic tips that may help to make your application process smoother:

contact information

For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please contact Rhonda Dodson.
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Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control 
Diabetes,  Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health federal grant from the Centers for 
Disease Control  and Prevention. Publication number: PADOH-HD-111717