Improving Cardiac CarePromoting 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
|Map of North Dakota showing hypertension rates by county||Resource||North Dakota Hypertension Rates||GPQIN|
|Map of Nebraska showing hypertension rates by county||Resource||Nebraska Hypertension Rates||GPQIN|
|Brochure on Women and Heart Disease||Fact Sheet||Women and Heart Disease||CMS|
|Read more about how you can partner with Million Hearts®||Tool||Become one in a Million Hearts||Million Hearts|
|Map of South Dakota showing hypertension rates by county||Resource||South Dakota Hypertension Rates||GPQIN|
|Medication Monitoring list and safe prescribing practices for the elderly||Tool||Medication Management for the Elderly Pocketcard||GPQIN|
|YouTube Video The Burden of Cardiac Disease||Infographic||The Burden of Cardiac Disease Infographic||World Heart Federation|
|Community Guide Overview: This two-page fact sheet includes key findings about the importance of team-based care.||Tool||Team-Based Care Can Improve Blood Pressure Control||Million Hearts|
|DASH eating plan table||Guide||Following the DASH Eating Plan||HHQI|
|(Spanish version) DASH eating plan table||Guide||Following the DASH Eating Plan (Spanish version)||HHQI|
|Map of Kansas showing hypertension rates by county||Resource||Kansas Hypertension Rates||GPQIN|
|This quick reference toolkit provides links to resources related to Aspirin, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Smoking||Tool||ABCS Toolkit||GPQIN|
|Improving Medication Adherence Among Patients with Hypertension - A Tip Sheet for Health Care Professionals||Tool||Improving Medication Adherence Among Patients with Hypertension||Million Hearts|
|Printable Infographic Million Hearts® works to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. Share this infographic with your family, friends, and others.||Tool||Million Hearts Begins with You (infographic)||Million Hearts|
|Kaitlin Nolte||BA||Quality Improvement Project Manager||Kansasemail@example.com|
|Jennifer Geisert||RN, BSN||Quality Improvement Advisor||Nebraskafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patti Kritzberger||RT (R)||HIT-Quality Improvement Specialist||North Dakota||Patti.Kritzberger@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Holly Arends||Program Manager||South Dakota||Holly.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.