Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and Measure Up/Pressure Down™ Join Together to Combat High Blood Pressure

Collaboration Will Benefit Heart Health and Blood Pressure Control

Released: 26-Jan-2014 11:00 AM EST
Source Newsroom: American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
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Newswise — ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) announced today that the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) will join forces with the Measure Up/Pressure Down™ national hypertension campaign as a partner organization. Together, PCNA and Measure Up/Pressure Down™ will collaborate on educational materials and resources for patients and providers alike, support increased involvement of provider groups, and highlight the critical role nurses play in blood pressure management and control.

“PCNA is pleased to be a partner in the Measure Up/Pressure Down™ campaign. We have learned that collaboration with like-minded professional organizations can amplify the impact of our work,” says Suzanne Hughes, Clinical Education Project Director at PCNA. “We are proud of our professional and patient education resources targeting improvement in high blood pressure detection, prevention, and control and look forward to sharing these resources more broadly. We also embrace the chance to learn ‘best practice’ pearls from premier healthcare systems participating in this effort. This is a true win/win.”

Measure Up/Pressure Down™ is a three-year national campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection, and control, spearheaded by the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the AMGA’s nonprofit education and research arm. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart attacks, chronic heart failure, stroke, and other serious health issues. Measure Up/Pressure Down™ is the first initiative of the Chronic Care Challenge, a long-term effort by AMGF to improve quality of care and patient outcomes for chronic conditions with the greatest impact.

High blood pressure is one of our nation's most significant health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day and accounts for an estimated $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity. An estimated 68 million Americans have the disease, often referred to as the silent killer.

“PCNA has a long history of supporting and empowering nurses in hypertension and cardiovascular health. As we know, nurses and nurse practitioners play an important role on a healthcare team,” says Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA. “We are grateful to have PCNA come on board as a national partner of Measure Up/Pressure Down™ and enhance the first campaign of AMGF’s Chronic Care Challenge.”

As part of its efforts, Measure Up/Pressure Down™ mobilizes medical groups and health systems to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of their patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. The central mission of the campaign is to encourage medical groups and organized systems of care to adopt one or more evidence-based care processes that lead to measurable improvements in high blood pressure outcomes. Nearly 150 AMGA medical groups and health systems delivering care to more than 42 million patients have joined Measure Up/Pressure Down™.

The campaign also brings together national partners and sponsor organizations to work collectively to provide patients and communities information and tools that facilitate lifestyle changes, medication adherence, and other keys to successful blood pressure control.

PCNA joins other national partners and supporting organizations of the campaign, including the American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, American Society of Hypertension, American Stroke Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, Right Care, and WomenHeart. Campaign sponsors that are committed to helping resolve this public health challenge: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Withings, Baptist Medical Group, Aetna, Humedica, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Epic, and Ralphs. For more information about the campaign, visit www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com.

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About the Measure Up/Pressure Down™ Campaign
The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the nonprofit arm of the American Medical Group Association, launched Measure Up/Pressure Down™-a three-year national campaign to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure on November 29, 2012. Measure Up/Pressure Down™ includes nearly 150 medical groups, health systems and national partners such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geisinger Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to have 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016. www.measureuppressuredown.com

About the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. The mission of PCNA is to promote nurses as leaders in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. PCNA does this by educating and supporting nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy. www.pcna.net

About AMGF
The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the American Medical Group Association and it supports and disseminates research on better ways to deliver health care that is scientifically sound and value-based. AMGF also develops and supports educational programs to enable all stakeholders-providers, payers, policymakers and patients to translate the evidence of what works best into everyday practice. www.amga.org/foundation

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. More than 150,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. www.amga.org


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