Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                                    February 3, 2017

In This Issue
heartmonthIt's february: Time to Celebrate American Heart Month

heart February is American Heart Month and serves as the perfect time of year to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
As a trusted healthcare professional, you are on the front lines of helping patients strive for heart healthy lifestyles. Beyond the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of heart related conditions, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the full impact of cardiac disease in America.
Uncontrolled Blood Pressure in America
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Associations (AMA), nearly 80 million adults (approximately 1 in 3) in the United States have high blood pressure (BP). Research shows that high BP is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9 percent of those with high BP are not controlled, that's 36.7 million people.
Costs Beyond Patient Health
It is estimated that high BP costs the country about $48.6 billion each year. These costs range from healthcare services and medications to missed days of work.
Target: BP Can Make A Difference
The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. This national initiative aims to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.
Based on the most current AHA guidelines, the Target: BP initiative supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure goal rates of less than 140/90 mmHg within the patient populations they serve.

Click here to learn more about Target:BP and the process steps and recognition programs that are included in this initiative.
millionheartsREGISTER NOW: Million Hearts® 2022: Making More Progress Faster TogetheR WEBINAR

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dr_ Janet Wright
Dr. Janet Wright
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, hearts are almost everywhere you look. 

As healthcare professionals, let this imagery serve as a reminder of the importance of heart health and celebrate by learning about the future of the national Million Hearts® initiative.   
The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign will be hosting a free 60-minute webinar featuring guest speaker Dr. Janet Wright, Million Hearts® Executive Director, who will discuss the following topics:
  • Impacts made by the national initiative since 2012
  • Plans for Million Hearts® 2022 
  • How providers can support the initiative and make a significant impact on patients' lives


The American Heart Association has developed a valuable, easy-to-use online tool, the High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator, which allows users to:
  • Learn your BP category and what is normal
  • See your risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and more
  • Estimate how lifestyle changes can lower your BP and health risks
How to Share the Calculator
Healthcare practices can post a link to the Calculator on your patient portal or on a  computer in your waiting room so that patients can try it while they are waiting for their visit.
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CMSMIPSMany of you will be attesting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive programs for 2016 and preparing for changes that are forthcoming with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)/Quality Payment Program. This information will be of value to you and Quality Insights is poised to assist you as you navigate the various programs.

Please find the most recent MIPS/Quality Payment Program announcements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) below.    

computer mouse The CMS Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period was any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2016.
If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state's deadlines for attestation information.
If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.
Reminder: Remember to visit the registration tab in the Registration and Attestation system to ensure your personal information is accurate. For more information on registration, visit the Registration & Attestation page of the EHR Incentive Programs website.
contact information

For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please email Rhonda Dodson or call 1.800.642.8686, Ext. 7711.
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