Newswise — ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) today announced that it presented Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. with a donor appreciation award for its support of the national Measure Up/Pressure Down® Campaign. As a Presenting Sponsor, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. has contributed more than $1 million over the past three years to AMGF’s initiative, which is focused on improving detection and control rates for patients with high blood pressure nationwide. The award was presented during the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 25.

“We are proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of this campaign and feel honored to receive this award,” said Howard Rutman, M.D., M.B.A., FACC, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. “For several years, we have worked in collaboration with the American Medical Group Foundation, including supporting its initial Best Practices in Managing Hypertension Learning Collaborative and Compendium. We continue to be impressed with the reach of this campaign and the health outcomes being achieved at participating groups.”

Measure Up/Pressure Down® mobilizes medical groups and health systems across the nation to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of their patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. The campaign encourages these organized systems of care to adopt one or more evidence-based care processes (“campaign planks”) that lead to measurable improvements in high blood pressure outcomes, as well as provides the tools and resources necessary to implement such care processes. Since the AMGF launched the campaign in late 2012, nearly 150 participating medical groups and health systems delivering care to more than 42 million patients are using campaign planks and accompanying resources developed by Measure Up/Pressure Down® to improve hypertension prevalence, detection, and control.

“We have been able to make a national impact on improving hypertension control and truly move the needle for more than 400,000 patients with this treatable but deadly condition since the start of the campaign,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., President of AMGF and Chief Medical and Quality Officer at AMGA. “Daiichi Sankyo’s support has been instrumental in furthering the goals of the campaign and helping our medical groups make substantial improvements in their patients’ health and wellness.”

In addition to Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., campaign partners and other sponsors include: Aetna, American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, American Society of Hypertension, American Stroke Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Baptist Medical Group, District of Columbia Department of Health’s Community Health Administration, Epic, HealthyWomen, Humedica, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, Men’s Health Network, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Ralphs, Right Care, United Health Foundation, Withings, and WomenHeart.

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About American Medical Group FoundationThe American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) is the nonprofit arm of the American Medical Group Association and its mission is to enable medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. It does so by supporting and disseminating 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.

About Measure Up/Pressure Down®AMGF 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.

About American Medical Group AssociationThe American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 170,000 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.