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.

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 the Quality Payment Program (QPP)
  • Engaging and extending the invitation to participate in Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • Empowering individuals to make heart-healthy choices
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Training Events

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Million Hearts® Resources

External Resources

American Heart Association Aspirin and Heart Disease
Million Hearts Clinical Quality Measures

Blood Pressure

External Resources

American Heart Association The Facts About High Blood Pressure
BeMedWise Toolkits for Older Adults
BMJ Talk Medicine Hypertension - Everything You Need To Know About The New 2017 AHA/ACC Guidelines
FDA Educational Resources: Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine
FDA Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults
Medication Management Pocket Cards Prescription for Health Checklist
NHLBI Guide to Lowereing Your Blood Pressure with Dash
SAMHSA Publications: As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol


External Resources

American Heart Association Managing Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Podcast
May Clinic Top 5 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol
WebMD Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center

Smoking Cessation

External Resources
ActionToQuit Program
CDC How to Quit Smoking
CDC Smoking Cessation Tools for Providers
Medicare Cardiovascular Disease Screenings
Medicare Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Coverage
Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes



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Great Plains Quality Care Coalition

Our Vision: Through collaboration and partnership, we aspire to make healthcare in the Dakotas the best in the nation. We have partnered with committed nursing homes, community leaders and healthcare organizations to improve the care in our communities. Better together.