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.

Partnering Organizations

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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


Data as of April 29, 2016.
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Data as of March 2016.
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June 7 Webinar

Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) Measure

Rachel Yong, MSPH, Senior Research Analyst for Acumen, LLC, will speak during this presentation, which will provide an overview of the MSPB Measure and the Hospital-Specific Reports (HSRs), including: the goals of the MSPB Measure, the Measure methodology, and how to perform MSPB Measure calculations. Additionally, participants will learn about the HSRs, where to locate their related supplemental files, and where downloadable MSPB files can be found on Medicare.Gov. This event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from noon - 1 p.m. CT. Register today.

June 9 Webinar

Preparation Checklist for CY 2016 eCQM Reporting

This presentation outlines a preparation checklist to assist eligible hospitals and their vendors as they institute activities for the Calendar Year 2016 eCQM Reporting requirements for the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. The checklist outlines reporting requirements, identifies required specifications, and suggests activities to perform and resources to review before beginning the Quality Reporting Document Architecture – I test files to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' eCQM Receiving System. The Receiving System is now open and ready to receive test files. Artrina Sturges, EdD, team lead, IQR/EHR Alignment, Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor will present. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 09, 2016, at noon CT. Register today.

June 16 Webinar

CardioLAN webinar: Making Your CASPER Data Work for You

Register to attend this webinar, hosted by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) initiative, which will provide information to regain institutional knowledge by understanding how to access the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) system, identify and interpret CASPER agency data, develop a Performance Improvement Plan based on CASPER data, and support a model for improvement such as the Plan, Do, Study, Act  plan with CASPER data. This webinar is appropriate for leadership and health care clinicians. Attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.5 hours of continuing nursing education. This webinar is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 16, from 1 - 2 p.m. CT. Register today for this event, and visit the HHQI website for more details and presentation slides as soon as they are available.

July 26 Webinar

Secrets Revealed: Improving your Quality Resource Use Reports Using CMS Benchmarks

Register to attend this TMF Quality Innovation Network webinar to hear from Adrian Nedelcut, quality improvement manager at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, who will provide more information about achieving Value Modifier financial incentives by drilling down into the components of the health system’s Quality Resource Use Reports, identifying quality and cost improvement areas and using benchmarks from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physician practices, and physician and hospital quality improvement staff are encouraged to attend this presentation. This event will take place Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CT. Register today.

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