Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network

Network Overview

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.

The goal of the Million Hearts initiative, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017.

To address these issues, the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network is convening an online community of patients, caregivers, physicians and physician practices, health care professionals and community stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to improve cardiac health throughout our region.

Why Participate?

Our consultants work with network members to facilitate improvements, assist providers to submit Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) cardiovascular measures, and home health agencies to report cardiovascular measures through the Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry.

Our consultants also assist network members with data analysis and improving performance on the following:

  • Aspirin therapy
  • Blood pressure management
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking assessment and cessation counseling

Our network members receive:

  • An inclusive  “all participate, all learn” collaborative with peers
  • Structured exchanges of information in live, web-based and online formats
  • Free educational opportunities, including conferences and webinars
  • Practical insight on the complexities of adapting interventions
  • Positive reinforcement of participants’ contributions gleaned from field experience and innovations
  • A relentless focus and discovery of innovative solutions promoting value for the participants and practice.

Download this fact sheet (PDF) and view these videos to learn more about how you or your organization will benefit from joining the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network.

Join the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network

All providers are encouraged to join our network to devise initiatives to prevent heart attacks and strokes. We collaborate with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and many other community organizations focused on preventing heart attacks and strokes, and decreasing the associated high mortality rates in the nation by reducing heart disease.

To join our network, click here to create a free website account and follow the prompts.

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Contact Information

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Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts

State Contacts

Julie Kettlewell
Arkansas State Program Director

Ashley Gibson
Quality Specialist

Mary Gupton
Quality Specialist

Sandy Pogones
Program Manager

Abhi Ray
Program Manager

Omolara “Lara” Adedokun

Angela Neal

Puerto Rico
Giovanna Fox
Puerto Rico Program Director

Luz Rodriguez
Program Lead

Luz Vadi
Program Lead

Tracy Swoboda
Program Manager

Chris Allen
Project Resource Consultant

Dec. 2 National Provider Call

National Provider Call: 2015 PFS Final Rule: Changes to Physician Quality Reporting

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a National Provider Call on changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM), Physician Compare, Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) and Medicare Shared Savings Program. The call will cover changes to reporting mechanisms, individual measures and measures groups for inclusion in 2015, criteria for satisfactory reporting under claims-based reporting, qualified registry-based reporting and EHR-based reporting options as part of PQRS. CMS experts will respond to participant questions during a live Q&A session. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. CT. Learn more and register today.

Dec. 4 Webinar

Leveraging Information Technology to Eliminate Waste and Achieve Workflow Efficiencies

Approximately a third of health care consists of waste, including inefficient processes and unnecessary tests and treatments. Attend this webinar to learn strategies for managing change and creating continuous improvement and discuss how to identify where information technology is most beneficial to streamline processes. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, from noon - 1 p.m. CT. Learn more and register today.

Dec. 10 Webinar

We Support Quitters! Regional Panel Discussion on Efforts to Improve Tobacco Cessation

Attend this webinar, hosted by the TMF Quality Innovation Network, to learn how tobacco cessation methods are improving outcomes across the region in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas. Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer exchange with the presenters and other attendees to share best practices. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CT. Register today.

Dec. 16 Webinar

Certifying Patients for the Medicare Home Health Benefit

The CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule finalized a new patient certification requirement for home health agencies beginning January 1, 2015. During this MLN Connects™ National Provider Call, subject matter experts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services discuss the changes to the Medicare home health benefit, followed by a question-and-answer session. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. CT. Learn more and register.

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