In honor of American Heart Month, this issue of QIO News explores key aspects to improving the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries, including controlling high blood pressure, promoting smoking cessation and ensuring open provider and patient communication.
“Target: BP,” an initiative launched by the American Medical Association in partnership with the American Heart Association, is working with QIN-QIOs to raise awareness about the importance of controlling and accurately measuring high blood pressure among primary care practices.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. HSAG—the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—recently hosted a joint webinar with the American Cancer Society to highlight best practices for launching successful tobacco cessation initiatives.
A recent webinar organized by HealthInsight—the QIN-QIO for Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah—highlighted how motivational interviewing has contributed to positive health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions.