CDC, HHS Launch Health IT Blood Pressure Management Challenge

August 20, 2014 in News

On Wednesday, HHS and CDC announced a new challenge aimed at identifying best practices from health care providers who have used health IT to improve blood pressure management, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 8/20).

The challenge — called the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge – will run from Aug. 20 to Oct. 10. It is part of the Million Hearts initiative, which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (Federal Register, 8/20).

Submission Requirements

Submissions must include:

  • A point-in-time measure of the population’s hypertension control rate for the previous 12-month period;
  • Another point-in-time measure for the previous 12 to 24 months;
  • Data on the population’s prevalence of hypertension;
  • “Sustainable systems” being used by the providers to continuously improve control of blood pressure (Health Data Management, 8/20); and
  • The size and demographics of the provider’s adult patient population, along with other noteworthy population characteristics.

Submissions will be evaluated based on provider’s:

  • Hypertension control rate, accounting for 95% of a submissions’ score; and
  • Sustainable systems, accounting for 5% of submissions’ score (Federal Register, 8/20).

Details of Awards

The two agencies will award cash prizes of $2,000 for up to 20 of the highest scoring participants (Health Data Management, 8/20).

In addition, the winning providers will be recognized as Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions and will receive “local and national recognition,” according to the agencies (Federal Register, 8/20).

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