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A federally funded research program that will work with small practice clinics in the Midwest to implement and evaluate quality improvement strategies for cardiovascular care.
Small practices receive one year of hands-on coaching, tools and strategies to provide point-of-care support for Million Hearts cardiovascular measures – aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. Half of the practices will also receive support to engage in population health management.
The research will evaluate different implementation strategies and determine the best ways to support small practices with quality improvement work.
Partners of Healthy Hearts in the Heartland include Northwestern University and the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center (CHITREC), Purdue University and the Purdue Regional Extension Center (PurdueREC), Northern Illinois University and the Illinois Health IT Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC), local and state departments of public health, the American Medical Association, the Alliance of Chicago, University of Chicago, Telligen (Illinois’ Medicare Quality Improvement Organization) and MetaStar (a Quality Improvement Organization and Regional Extension Center for Wisconsin).
The project region encompasses southeastern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois (including Chicago), and northern Indiana, a highly diverse population of more than 16 million people. Cardiovascular risk factors are prevalent: 31.2 percent have high blood pressure, 29.3 percent are considered obese, 38.1 percent have high cholesterol levels, and 20.5 percent are current smokers. In addition, 34 percent of these patients live in areas designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration as Medically Underserved Areas or are part of Medically Underserved. Populations and may have limited access to primary care.
Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), seeks to transform health care delivery by helping smaller primary care practices improve heart health. Part of this project, EvidenceNOW has established seven regional cooperatives that provide quality improvement services typically not available to small primary care practices. The goal is to ensure primary care practices have the evidence they need to help their patients adopt the ABCS of cardiovascular disease prevention. The initiative also includes an independent national evaluation designed to determine if and how quality improvement support can accelerate the dissemination and implementation of new evidence in primary care.