Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network Overview

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  Listen to this video with Christine Allen, RN, CPHQ, program manager of the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network.

Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts Network Overview Transcript

Hello. I'm Chris Allen, Program Manager for the Cardiac Health Initiative for TMF Health Quality Institute. Did you know that heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States for men and women? According to the National Institutes of Health, 50% of men, and 64% of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. 

In addition, stroke is the number four leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, on average one American dies from stroke every four minutes. Knowing the warning signs for both heart disease and stroke is paramount in helping prevent death. 

Million Hearts is a national initiative by the US Department of Health and Human Services, with the goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the initiative brings together communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private sector partners to improve care and empower Americans to make heart healthy choices. 

As a CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization-- or QIN-QIO-- we work directly with providers, partners, and stakeholders to implement the Million Hearts Initiative in communities throughout our region. Providers who participate in the TMF QIN-QIO and join the Cardiac Learning Action Network will benefit from working directly with consultants who are familiar with their geographic areas, and can help customize solutions to address specific problems in their communities. 

Providers who join the network will also gain assistance with physician quality reporting system submission of cardiovascular measures, and assistance in aligning processes to achieve incentives and recognition in pay for performance initiatives. Network members also gain access for free live educational web-based forums, and the ability to download free resources and tools that providers can use to improve processes within their practices, and help improve patient education. 

Working side by side with providers, the TMF QIN-QIO is dedicated to improving health care and health care outcomes for patients throughout the region. 
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