HealthLinc reached the Target BP: Gold achievement level as determined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The Gold achievement level was awarded for HealthLinc’s exceptional blood pressure control rate of >70% throughout the patient population. The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation by reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.
“HealthLinc is committed to continued quality improvement,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO. “This recognition affirms that we are on “target” to reaching our quality goals.”
The control rate was achieved by breaking down the 3 recognized barriers to success as outlined by the American Heart Association that may contribute to uncontrolled blood pressure including systems, provider, and patient factors.
“As a part of our on-going quality control program, we were able focus on patients who were uncontrolled at the time of the visit,” said Dr. Ruth Stevens, HealthLinc Chief Quality Officer. “We received medication management assistance from our clinical pharmacists and used behavioral health counselors to assist patients in addressing self-management goals, as they relate to blood pressure control and life-style changes.”
As a result of this accomplishment, HealthLinc will receive an announcement in trade publications and acknowledgement in an AMA Journal; premier recognition on the Target: BP website; along with a Gold listing on a Target: BP recognition display at conferences across the United States, including AHA and/or AMA meetings.
For more information about HealthLinc and Target: BP, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or [email protected].
HealthLinc, Inc. (www.healthlincchc.org) is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, South Bend, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.