Premier joins Measure Up / Pressure Down initiative
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes complications. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure often has no symptoms until serious problems occur. Many people have high blood pressure and can go for years without knowing they have the life-threatening disease. Nearly one out of three American adults (68 million) has high blood pressure. Less than half have their conditions under control.
Improving blood pressure control requires an expanded effort and an increased focus from healthcare systems, providers, patients, employers, and the entire nation.
Measure Up / Pressure Down™ is a three-year national campaign designed to engage these important stakeholders in improving blood pressure control and achieving lasting improvements that lead the way to greater health, productivity, and cost savings.
Premier Medical Associates, led by Francis Colangelo, MD, has joined MUPD along with 140 medical groups from across the country; all of which have a common goal of increasing awareness among the entire health care community and all of our patients about the need for improved blood pressure control. Premier is using the power of our Electronic Health Records to track and report blood pressure control rates quarterly for the initiative.
Providers are closely reviewing lists of patients not in control to come up with strategies to improve their blood pressures. The goal of the campaign is an 80% control rate by the end of 2016. The current national average is 53% controlled.
It is hoped that this effort will result in less strokes / heart attacks and deaths among the patients we take care of.
For more information, visit www.measureuppressuredown.com.
Update: Premier’s story is now featured on the MUPD website. (click on the plus sign next to our name to open article)