Announcement of Requirements and Registration for Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of the Million Hearts[supreg] Hypertension Control Challenge on August 9, 2013. The challenge will be open until September 9, 2013. Million Hearts[supreg] is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Achieving this goal means that 10 million more Americans must have their blood pressure under control. Million Hearts[supreg] is working to control high blood pressure through clinical approaches, such as using health information technology to its fullest potential and integrating team-based approaches to care, as well as community approaches, such as strengthening tobacco control, and lowering sodium consumption. To support improved blood pressure control, HHS/CDC is announcing the Million Hearts[supreg] Hypertension Control Challenge. This challenge recognizes organizations that invest in hypertension control, improve understanding of successful implementation strategies at the health system level, and motivate providers and health systems to strengthen their hypertension control efforts. The challenge will identify clinicians, clinical practices, and health systems that have achieved exceptional rates of hypertension control and recognize them as Million Hearts[supreg] Hypertension Control Champions. To support improved quality of care delivered to patients with hypertension, Million Hearts[supreg] will document the systems, processes, and staffing that contribute to the exceptional blood pressure control rates achieved by Champions. Champions will receive a cash prize and local and national recognition.