Feds Issue Million Hearts Hypertension Challenge

Government-operated as well as private sector practices, clinics and health systems are eligible to enter the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge, which will recognize practices with a minimum of 500 adult patients annually that can achieve a 12-month control rate of at least 70% of its hypertensive patient population. Practices will need to submit to a data validation process managed by an independent contractor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recognize 20 private sector Champions, each of which will receive cash prizes of $2,000. CDC will also recognize up to 10 Federal Champions. Million Hearts is a national initiative intended to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017-requiring that 10 million more Americans will have their blood pressure under control. Nominations are due October 10, 2014; Champions will be recognized on the Million Hearts website in February 2015. For more information, visitwww.millionhearts.hhs.gov.