As a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HSAG is a centralized resource for knowledge and tools that help providers improve health quality, efficiency, and value. The materials provided below cover a wide range of quality improvement topics, from cardiovascular best practices to physician quality reporting system information. All are directed to providers interested in improving patient outcomes and in quality measure reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Chartbook marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report, the Health and Human Services report from its Task Force on Black and Minority Health. Progress in cardiac care is noted, but disparities remain, as with higher incidences of chronic disease, including hypertension and diabetes, as compared to whites.
The American Heart Association (AHA) presents, as part of its professional education Spotlight Series, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation." Using case studies, this webinar identifies opportunities where clinicians can provide better management of hypertension in their African-American patient pool, particularly in light of common health disparities experienced by these patients. The AHA offers continuing medical education and other professional education credit for webinar completion.
Electronic Health Record Resources and Promoting Interoperability
Recently, the Department of Justice found eClinicalWorks, an electronic health record (EHR) vendor, guilty of falsely obtaining certification for meaningful use criteria through its EHR. Promoted by this case, the DOJ is expanding its investigation to other EHR vendors. Read more at Healthcare IT News.
General Quality Payment Program Tools and Resources
Million Hearts® / Cardiovascular Health Improvement
The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) released its 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (March/April 2017) found that automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes in the clinic may dramatically lower the risk of for “white-coat” hypertension and related overtreatment of patients. Read more at the journal article.
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