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 1 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.

Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award button.  Save your heart, take the Million Hearts pledge, and celebrate American Heart Month    TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization 

Links to external sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of TMF Health Quality Institute. In addition, these sites may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Quick Links

Download these resources to learn more about the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network.

View resources for patients and families.

Contact Information

Contact Us
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

Debbie Edson
Project Resource Consultant

July 30 Webinar

Value-Based Pay for Physicians

The Commonwealth Fund invites you to a webinar on how provider compensation is changing as more health care organizations move toward value-oriented payment models.

Mary Beth Dyer of Bailit Health Purchasing will discuss early lessons from 16 initiatives in which physician compensation was tied to factors other than productivity, including clinical quality, patient satisfaction and access to care. The webinar will also provide on-the-ground perspectives from two organizations that are implementing value-based compensation for their physicians.

When: July 30, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CT

Click here to register and learn more about this upcoming event.

July 30 Webinar

Home Health Agency PEPPER Release Webinar

TMF Health Quality Institute will host a free webinar that will provide an introduction and review of the new Home Health Agency PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report), which is scheduled for release July 20, 2015. Registration is not required to attend the webinar. Follow the instructions listed below to join the event Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. CT.

Day-of-Event Instructions
Please join 15 minutes prior to the presentation to ensure proper set up.
1. Go to the event page.
2. Enter your contact information and the event password: sunflower
2. Click "Join."
3. Follow the instructions that display on your screen.

NOTE: Handout(s) will be posted on the HHA Training and Resources page at by July 29, 2015. The handout(s) will also be available to download upon joining the sessions.

Participants are encouraged to listen to the audio portion of the webinar through the online broadcast platform using their computer speakers. For those who prefer to listen to the session via telephone, please dial 1-415-655-0003 (toll); the access code is 927 727 513. The cost of this connection will be your responsibility. This number will be active 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. The session will be recorded; the recording will be posted on the HHA Training and Resources section of within two weeks.

August 4 National LAN Call

QIN NCC National LAN Call

Register to attend this Quality Innovation Network (QIN) National Coordinating Center (NCC) webinar, which will provide health care providers from all care settings and community partners with more information about programs and support that Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) provide to help improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries and their families. To register, visit and click on the “Upcoming” tab to locate the “National LAN Call,” which is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, from 2 – 3 p.m. CT.

Texas • Arkansas • Missouri • Oklahoma • Puerto Rico