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H3 Resources


Million Hearts® for Clinicians Microsite


USPSTF final recommendations (2009)

Cholesterol Management

ACC / AHA 2013 guidelines (see pp 45-47)

AHA/ACC 2013 lifestyle management guidelines (see pp 13-14)

2015 USDA dietary guidelines (see p 90 re: cholesterol)

AHA dietary recommendations

The below link is an excellent teaching guide for non-clinical facilitators to understand the guidelines and provide background on managing cardiovascular risks for patients. The deeper you go into the article, the more information available. To the left is a link to the 2013 guidelines (a link is on the left side of the page). At the bottom of the page are 2 videos that do a good job in explaining the guidelines and their purpose.

Additional Sites with Info in Non-Clinical Language

8 page pamphlet with embedded videos
AHA web public pages with additional links

Chronic Disease Self-Management

Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs:

Clinical Community Linkages

Position statement from AAFP

Tools and best practices from other states: The Practical Playbook

HRSA clinic and community resources for Hypertension Management

ASTHO reports and tools from Million Hearts Learning Collaborative

AHRQ measuring clinical community linkages: (see modules 2 and 3)

Building clinical community linkages (for Diabetes, but the concepts are the pertinent)

AHRQ community clinical linkages evaluation roadmap

AHRQ community clinical relationships atlas

AHRQ community clinical linkages measures

Medicine and Public Health collaboration (see pp 77-89)

Clinical Quality Measures/Specifications

See the table and specifications links for detailed info on all CQMS
  • NQF 0018 – Blood Pressure
  • NQF 0028 – Smoking Cessation Support
  • NQF 0068 – Aspirin
  • PQRS 316 – Cholesterol Management

Diabetes Prevention Programs

(evidence based program considered valid for hypertension and cholesterol due to the diet and exercise recommendations, and the relationship between pre-diabetes and hypertension and hypercholesterolemia)


AMA Diabetes STAT program

Y Diabetes Prevention Programs in Illinois

Hypertension Control

AMA Steps Forward module on improving hypertension control

  • The M.A.P. Checklists
  • Blood Pressure Measurement: Measure Accurately Poster (for use in the practice site)
  • AMA video on measurement technique
  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring program which includes:
    • Patient handout on self-measured blood pressure
    • Patient education overview on hypertension
    • Self-measured blood pressure flow sheet (to document BP readings)
    • Self-measured blood pressure wallet card (to document BP readings)

Million Hearts® protocol for controlling blood pressure in adults

Million Hearts sample protocols (VA, ICSI, NY)

Million Hearts Pharmacist Drug Adherence Work-up Tool

Million Hearts Medication Tracker Wallet Card

FDA High Blood Pressure Medications and You: Infographic

American Heart Association Hypertension Algorithm

Technique Quick Check for ensuring proper positioning

Act Rapidly Tool for clinical inertia

Impact on Positioning graphic

Partner with Patients Tool for patient engagement in medications



Lifestyle Management

Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack

DASH diet: (The domain, books, and literature refer to it as the DASH diet. Only the DASH for Health site refers to it as the DASH Eating Plan.)

Incorporating the DASH guidelines into your life

Vermont infographic

Quality Improvement

Model for improvement

Video on Model for Improvement background and science from Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI whiteboard series on MFI, PDSA, tools

Brief videos related to MFI
Brief videos for PDSA cycles:

AHRQ PF handbook: model for improvement and background

AHRQ new PF training curriculum

Value Stream Map

Health IT

ICD 10

ICD 10 codes for cardiology

Team Planning

Do-It-Yourself Run Chart

ABCS of Heart Health


Smoking Cessation

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Final Guidelines on Smoking Cessation, released September 2015

National Quit Line

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)


Value Proposition

Quick Chronic Care Manager calculator for practices

VBPM 2014

VBPM 2015

CMS VBPM Home Page

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