National Learning & Action Network Series: August 2017

Topic: Mastering Hypertension to Achieve Heart Health

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017


This event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).

Event Description:

This National Learning & Action Network (LAN) Event, focusing on “Mastering Hypertension to Achieve Heart Health,” reviewed the Million Hearts® priorities, resources, and high-impact practice-level changes that lead to improved blood pressure in patient panels. It also focused on strategies to improve medication adherence, partnerships between patients and their providers, and the role self-blood pressure monitoring plays in effective care, and the patient experience. Guest speakers included Judy Hannan (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Million Hearts®), Margaret Meador (National Association of Community Health Centers), and Dr. Lawrence Garber (Reliant Medical Group and previous Hypertension Control Champion). This National Learning & Action Network (LAN) session topic aligns with the CMS Quality Strategy goal to promote effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Download the promotional flyer for this event here.

Sneak Peek:

Hear from guest speaker Judy Hannan, Million Hearts® Senior Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as she reviews the event details. Click on the below graphic to view the sneak peek.

Learning Objectives:

  • Select one or more evidence-based blood pressure management tools.
  • Be able to identify and support high impact changes a physician practice can implement for improved identification and management of high blood pressure.
  • Explain the role of self-measured blood pressure monitoring in effective care of hypertension.
  • Describe effective practitioner-patient approaches to increasing medication adherence.

Meet the Speakers:

Cynthia Pamon
Diabetes Care Subject Matter Expert
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Judy Hannan
Million Hearts Senior Advisory
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Margaret Meador
Director, Clinical Integration
National Association of Community Health Centers

Dr. Lawrence Garber
Medical Director for Informatics
Reliant Medical Group

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

Supplemental Resources:

Continuing Education Credit Will Be Offered:

Outcome Statement:

The purpose of this session is to prepare healthcare quality improvement professionals to identify and implement effective healthcare strategies by exploring promising practices to achieve heart health by managing hypertension.

We expect that this experience will help participants demonstrate and promote successful delivery of care practices and identify opportunities for improvement, all of which may promote advances in care that impact the Medicare beneficiaries served by the work of the QIO Program.

Method of Participation:

You must participate in the entire activity to receive credit. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. The link to the online evaluation will be provided after completion of the activity. If you have questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

CME/CE Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, CRW & Associates and Telligen. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare approves this knowledge-based activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). UAN 0077-9999-17-033-L04-P; 0077-9999-17-033-L04-T. Initial Release Date 8/9/2017


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 1.5 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number: 030803.

This program is accredited for 1.5 contact hours which includes 0 hours of pharmacology. ID #21718-5.

This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standard


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.5 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008. The focus of this activity is rated Level 2. Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at

Disclosure of Financial Relationships & Commercial Support

  • The following planners and faculty do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • AKH Inc., CRW & Associates, and Telligen do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • No commercial support was received for this activity.


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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product

This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.