Sharon Grace
Vice President of Public Relations
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5 May 2016

AMGA-Affiliated Members Account for Nearly Half of Million Hearts® Current Hypertension Control Champions
Honorees Recognized for Innovative Blood Pressure Control Efforts

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In conjunction with its annual Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action, AMGA Foundation announced today that eight medical groups, health systems, and providers affiliated with AMGA and/or its national Measure Up/Pressure Down® hypertension campaign received national recognition as the current Million Hearts® 2015 Hypertension Control Champions.

These champions, named today by Million Hearts®, include:

  • Atrius Health
  • Jason Infeld, M.D., Stern Cardiovascular Foundation (affiliated with AMGA member Baptist Medical Group)
  • Kaiser Permanente Georgia and The Southeast Permanente Medical Group
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
  • Mercy Clinic-East Communities
  • Oregon Health & Science Family Medicine at Richmond (affiliated with AMGA member Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine)
  • Reliant Medical Group, Inc.
  • WESTMED Medical Group, P.C.

The eight medical groups, health systems, and providers account for nearly half of this year’s 18 honorees. Over the past three years, 44 percent of the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions have been AMGA members and/or campaign participants.

“The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions represent the best of the best in hypertension management across the country,” said Janet Wright, M.D., FACC, executive director of the Million Hearts® initiative. “Over the past three years, AMGA members have accounted for nearly half of the 57 champions, which speaks volumes about their dedication to quality improvement, the effectiveness of team-based care, and the impact of AMGA Foundation’s national Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign.”

The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competitive challenge to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70 percent. The champions used a variety of hypertension control strategies to achieve the 70 percent control rate, including evidence-based care processes (“campaign planks”) and other practices recommended by AMGA Foundation’s national Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign. These include designating hypertension champions; taking action to improve medication adherence; implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records; using team-based care models; promoting patient self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical support; and staying connected to patients by conducting outreach and providing support.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions – including those eight winners affiliated with AMGA and Measure Up/Pressure Down®,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of AMGA and secretary of the board of AMGA Foundation. “These organizations are instrumental in advancing hypertension management across the nation and showcasing the value of coordinated care as delivered by AMGA members.”

Many of these award-winning organized systems of care and providers participated in Measure Up/Pressure Down®, a three-year campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection, and control by 2016. The campaign is spearheaded by the AMGA Foundation, AMGA’s nonprofit education and research arm. To date, the campaign has improved hypertension detection and control for over half a million patients. Though Measure Up/Pressure Down® officially concluded on December 31, 2015, certain activities will continue in 2016.

Measure Up/Pressure Down® is the first initiative of the Chronic Care Challenge, a long-term effort by AMGA Foundation to improve quality of care and patient outcomes for chronic conditions with the greatest impact. Its second initiative, Diabetes: Together 2 Goal®, launched in March 2016 and aims to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes.

About the Measure Up/Pressure Down® Campaign
AMGA Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the AMGA, launched Measure Up/Pressure Down® – a three-year national campaign to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure – on November 29, 2012. The goal of the three-year campaign is to have 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition. To date, the campaign has improved hypertension detection and control for over half a million patients. Though Measure Up/Pressure Down® officially concluded on December 31, 2015, certain activities will continue in 2016.

Measure Up/Pressure Down® includes nearly 150 medical groups and health systems such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geisinger Health System. The campaign also brings together national partners and sponsor organizations to work collectively to provide patients and communities information and tools that facilitate lifestyle changes, medication adherence, and other keys to successful blood pressure control.

About AMGA Foundation
The AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s nonprofit arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. The AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice.

About AMGA
AMGA is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. Approximately 177,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 133 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.