As Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Oregon, Acumentra Health convened the Cardiac Health Network from 2011 through 2014 to improve care for Oregon patients. The Network engaged Oregon medical practices, stakeholder organizations, and patients to develop a sustainable network aimed at improving health in populations at risk for ischemic vascular disease and other vascular diseases. Network activities supported the national Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. Acumentra Health also provided targeted assistance to medical practices in using their EHRs to track and report cardiac measure data.
The Cardiac Health Network was a learning and action network, using an “all teach, all learn” approach to maximize the spread of improvement methods and successful interventions among practices at all levels of performance.
Acumentra Health convened participants via Brown Bag webinars and face-to-face meetings to learn about interventions and improvement methods and to exchange best practices for improving delivery of care to at-risk patients. Cardiac Health Network activities focused on the Million Hearts ABCS measures—aspirin use, blood pressure control, lipids management, and smoking cessation counseling. Interventions included support for patient and family engagement and self-management, as well as technical assistance to medical practices.