February 25, 2015
OFMQ proudly congratulates Brett Gray, MD, Cherokee Nation Health Services of Salina, Oklahoma for being a 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. He is one of 30 recipients in the nation. OFMQ has championed the Million Hearts® initiative through multiple projects, which as a result has contributed to Oklahoma leading the nation in program pledges.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative recognized public and private health care practices and systems across the country as Champions for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure. Together they care for more than 3.5 million adult patients in 19 different states. Each Champion was able to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or more.
Specifically, the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competitive challenge to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70%. The Champions used a variety of hypertension control strategies to achieve the 70% control rate, including the following:
- Designating hypertension champions within a practice or organization, providing feedback to individual clinicians and clinic sites on hypertension control rates, providing incentives for high performance, and recognizing high performers.
- Taking action to improve medication adherence, including patient rewards for medication adherence; prescribing once-daily regimens, fixed-dose combination pills, or 90-day medication refills; and frequent follow-ups.
- Implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records that include clinical decision support tools, patient reminders, and registry functionality.
- Using team-based care models to engage a broad scope of care providers, including but not limited to pharmacists and nurses, and expanding the team-based care model to include staff trained in blood pressure measurement techniques who can assist in obtaining patients' blood pressure readings.
- Promoting patient self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical support, in which patients monitor their blood pressure at home, communicate the readings to their clinician, and receive medication adjustments or lifestyle modifications.
- Staying connected to patients by conducting outreach and providing supports, through using patient portals, implementing steps to improve appointment adherence, and following up about blood pressure checks.
For more information about the Hypertension Control Challenge and the 2014 Champions, click here.