Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Webinar on Systems Approach to High Blood Pressure Control

Register now for Kaiser's Success Story: 2012 Million Hearts High Blood Pressure Control Champions Webinar on Thursday, February 14, 2013 Noon – 1:00 pm (MT).

The Kaiser Permanente Colorado High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Management Program established patient registries and outreach lists to manage the care of all patients with high blood pressure and cholesterol in the company’s health insurance system. An integrated care model was implemented with the promotion of home blood pressure monitoring, blood pressure group visits, and patient education. Health care provider education was given on the correct blood pressure measurement technique and medication algorithm. Compared with Colorado residents not enrolled in the program, researchers found that the risk of dying of a cardiac-related cause fell 88% among those who enrolled within 90 days of a heart attack. It was estimated that this program prevented more than 135 deaths and 260 costly emergency interventions each year.

Individual physician practices can accomplish similar results using a registry to manage their patients. You are invited to join with Kaiser Permanente’s John Merenich, MD as he discusses those steps taken to great success and how you can use the same plan to take better care of your patient population.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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