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Improving Cardiac Care

Promoting effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease

Improving Cardiac Health & Reducing Disparities

Heart disease and stroke are the first- and fourth-leading causes of death, respectively, in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fifty percent of men and 64 percent of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. Knowing the warning signs for both heart disease and stroke is vital to helping prevent death.

Great Plains QIN is actively working with providers, patients, partners and stakeholders to implement evidence-based practices that support the Million Hearts® initiative goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017.

Specifically, we are partnering with providers in the home health and physician office settings, as well as patients, families and stakeholders by:

  • Offering resources and assistance on preventive cardiovascular best practices – the ABCS (Aspirin Therapy, Blood Pressure Control, Cholesterol Control and Smoking Cessation)
  • Facilitating home health agency participation in the national Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry
  • Assisting physician clinics with Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) cardiovascular measures submission
  • Engaging and extending the invitation to participate in Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • Empowering individuals to make heart-healthy choices

Initiative Documents
InfoCategoryNameSource
Map of North Dakota showing hypertension rates by countyResourceNorth Dakota Hypertension RatesGPQIN
Map of Nebraska showing hypertension rates by countyResourceNebraska Hypertension RatesGPQIN
Brochure on Women and Heart DiseaseFact SheetWomen and Heart DiseaseCMS
Read more about how you can partner with Million Hearts®ToolBecome one in a Million HeartsMillion Hearts
Map of South Dakota showing hypertension rates by countyResourceSouth Dakota Hypertension RatesGPQIN
Medication Monitoring list and safe prescribing practices for the elderlyToolMedication Management for the Elderly PocketcardGPQIN
YouTube Video The Burden of Cardiac DiseaseInfographicThe Burden of Cardiac Disease InfographicWorld Heart Federation
Community Guide Overview: This two-page fact sheet includes key findings about the importance of team-based care.ToolTeam-Based Care Can Improve Blood Pressure ControlMillion Hearts
DASH eating plan tableGuideFollowing the DASH Eating PlanHHQI
(Spanish version) DASH eating plan tableGuideFollowing the DASH Eating Plan (Spanish version)HHQI
Map of Kansas showing hypertension rates by countyResourceKansas Hypertension RatesGPQIN
This quick reference toolkit provides links to resources related to Aspirin, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and SmokingToolABCS Toolkit
GPQIN
Improving Medication Adherence Among Patients with Hypertension - A Tip Sheet for Health Care ProfessionalsToolImproving Medication Adherence Among Patients with HypertensionMillion Hearts
Printable Infographic Million Hearts® works to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. Share this infographic with your family, friends, and others.ToolMillion Hearts Begins with You (infographic)Million Hearts
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Slide Handout Program Description: According to the American Medical Association (AMA), over 36 million people in the United States live with uncontrolled high blood pressure.  During this webinar, representatives from the[...]
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Following the DASH Eating Plan Following the DASH Eating Plan (Spanish version) New Year, new you! Get lean in 2017. Do you have a similar New Year’s resolution? Many of our patients[...]
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout One in three adults in the United States has hypertension. With such a high prevalence, it is likely that most primary care practices treat many patients with this condition. Most[...]
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback   Overview During this WebEx, nationally-recognized home health experts, Misty Kevech and Cindy Sun, discussed the importance of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). They also discussed how to directly apply best[...]
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout Start WebEx Playback Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can improve population health outcomes by efficiently collecting data in a form that can be shared across multiple healthcare organizations and leveraged for quality improvement and[...]
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   The ability to develop, test and implement change is essential for any individual, group or organization that wants to improve.  One way to implement change is to utilize the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)[...]
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback Purpose: To review the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Learn how to read your Hospital Specific Reports and make sense of them for your facility. There will also be time for an open[...]
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Play YouTube Video Download Presentation Slides Overview Cardiovascular QI Program Integration Please join the HHQI team as we welcome Brenda Smith, Administrator of Southland Home Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Brenda will describe the[...]
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Part 1 - Aspirin as Appropriate & Blood Pressure Control Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Download Transcript Overview Next Steps in Progressive Cardiovascular Care – Aspirin as Appropriate & Blood Pressure Control Presented[...]
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Download Transcript Overview Home health agency leaders share their lessons learned while implementing progressive cardiovascular care interventions into their quality improvement strategies. Topics include: Best Practice[...]
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback – Audio Begins at 48s   Download Presentation Slides Follow Up Q&A Overview Learn more about the roles of PTs, OTs, and SLPs when caring for home health patients with[...]
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Overview Recognizing Women at Risk for Developing Coronary Heart Disease Presented By Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Research College of[...]
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback   Presenter: Cindy Sun, MSN, RN, COS-C, Lead Cardiovascular Project Coordinator, Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign (HHQI) Overview: Cindy Sun will present information regarding the Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign (HHQI) CardioLAN and cardiovascular registry, evidence-based[...]
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Start WebEx Playback Download Presentation Slides Download Transcript Overview The Health Impact of Tobacco Use & Cessation Presented By Karen S. Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh Professor of Public Health Pharmacy Purdue University College of[...]
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Nebraska webex event only
  Start WebEx Playback   WebEx Overview: CIMRO of Nebraska, as part of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, invites you to join us for our Learning and Action Network (LAN) WebEx. During this 30-minute[...]
Jan 1 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am
Start WebEx Playback Download Presentation Slides Overview Seasonal Influenza: Best Practices for Preventing and Controlling Influenza in Home Care Objectives At the end of the webinar, the participant will be able to: •Discuss the 2014-2015[...]
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Download Transcript Overview HHCAHPS and Cardiovascular Care in the Home Using Data to Improve Patient Experience of Care Objectives At the end of this session, each[...]
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Download Transcript Overview HHQI CardioLAN Kick-Off meeting. Presented by: HHQI – Home Health Quality improvement www.HomeHealthQuality.org     
Improving Cardiac Care Contacts
NameCredentialsTitleStateEmail
Kaitlin Nolte

BAQuality Improvement Project ManagerKansaskaitlin.nolte@area-a.hcqis.org
Jennifer GeisertRN, BSNQuality Improvement AdvisorNebraskajennifer.geisert@area-a.hcqis.org
Patti KritzbergerRT (R)HIT-Quality Improvement SpecialistNorth DakotaPatti.Kritzberger@area-a.hcqis.org
Holly ArendsProgram ManagerSouth DakotaHolly.Arends@area-a.hcqis.org

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Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.

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