New West Physicians has accepted the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions Award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) for its efforts to save lives through better blood pressure control. The award was presented in a ceremony at New West Physicians’ Golden, Colo., administrative offices May 3, 2018, by Laurie Konsella, MPA, Acting Regional Health Administrator, DHHS, Region VIII.
“It’s an honor for our organization to be recognized for our part in this important national initiative to improve health and save lives through blood pressure control,” said New West Physicians CEO Ruth Benton. “This demonstrates the important contribution that each employee and physician in our group makes to ultimately impact health care on a national scale. This also shows that a broad commitment to providing quality, affordable health care in a value-based setting can help improve outcomes and save lives.”
According to the CDC, nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and strokes. Less than half of adults with high blood pressure have their condition under control, and millions more have high blood pressure that is undiagnosed or untreated.
Million Hearts is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in five years. The award recognizes health care Champions who implement patient care strategies to achieve blood pressure control rates of at least 70% or greater for their adult patients by using a variety of approaches. New West Physicians’ achieved a hypertension control rate of 83% and was one of just 24 national Hypertension Control Champions announced in 2017.
New West Physicians is the largest physician medical group in Colorado and has grown to 18 offices located throughout the Denver Metro area. All primary care offices are Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certified Level 3, and all eligible providers are National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized for Heart/Stroke and Diabetes. Serving nearly 200,000 area patients, New West Physicians uses an innovative, team-based approach to deliver high-quality, affordable care using proven treatments and technology while achieving high patient and physician satisfaction.