Cardiac Health

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. 

CMS’ Cardiac Program Lead shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs efforts to improve the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries. 
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. 
The award brings recognition to local efforts to improve cardiac health and inspires future action. 
Did You Know? 
The first QIOs in Action article highlighted how the TMF QIN-QIO is using the American Heart Association’s​“Check. Change. Control” blood pressure program in Missouri.