By-The-Numbers: QIN-QIOs Improving Cardiac Health, Preventing Stroke and Reducing Cardiac Disparities

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In alignment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Million Hearts® goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations are focusing on improving the ABCS (Aspirin therapy when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking screening and cessation) to reduce cardiac risk among Medicare populations that experience disparities in cardiac care. As part of this national effort, 2,049 home health agencies are participating in QIO Program efforts focused on preventing heart attacks and strokes, and decreasing the number of Americans who die unnecessarily as a result of untreated hypertension.