The Baton Rouge Clinic is proud to be recognized as one of the 2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Champions! We are one of 30 public and private health care facilities around the country who have achieved blood pressure control for at least 70% of patients through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches. Together, this year’s Champions cared for more than 3.5 million adults and represented a range of small and large, urban and rural, and private and federal health practices and systems across 19 states.
About the Challenge
The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competitive challenge to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70%. The Champions used a variety of hypertension control strategies to achieve the 70% control rate, including the following:
- Designating hypertension champions within a practice or organization, providing feedback to individual clinicians and clinic sites on hypertension control rates, providing incentives for high performance, and recognizing high performers.
- Taking action to improve medication adherence, including patient rewards for medication adherence; prescribing once-daily regimens, fixed-dose combination pills, or 90-day medication refills; and frequent follow-ups.
- Implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records that include clinical decision support tools, patient reminders, and registry functionality.
- Using team-based care models to engage a broad scope of care providers, including but not limited to pharmacists and nurses, and expanding the team-based care model to include staff trained in blood pressure measurement techniques who can assist in obtaining patients’ blood pressure readings.
- Promoting patient self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical support, in which patients monitor their blood pressure at home, communicate the readings to their clinician, and receive medication adjustments or lifestyle modifications.
- Staying connected to patients by conducting outreach and providing supports, through using patient portals, implementing steps to improve appointment adherence, and following up about blood pressure checks.
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