How Oregon is Helping to Prevent One Million Heart Attacks

February 11, 2015   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: Million Hearts , EHR , Measurement
David Caress, MSW, MBA, CPHQ, Acumentra Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and, together with stroke, responsible for more than $312 billion in health care expenditures each year. To address this national challenge, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative in 2011—a broad public–private approach to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Million Hearts helps patients and health care providers address major cardiac risk factors, with support in every state from a network of Medicare-sponsored Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). Oregon is part of the four-state HealthInsight QIN-QIO (with Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah), served by Oregon affiliate Acumentra Health.

The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) is working with HealthInsight and Acumentra Health to help connect Oregon medical practices to resources to move four key clinical quality measures, known as ABCS: Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol control, and Smoking/tobacco use screening. 

Acumentra Health will help clinics leverage electronic health record (EHR) capability to support improvement in these measures, in the process supporting them in meeting important elements of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use incentive programs. Acumentra Health’s technical support is designed to advance clinic goals in the following ways:

  • Help practices understand and align multiple reporting programs to qualify for incentives or avoid disincentives
  • Provide tools and resources for improving patient engagement
  • Provide tools to help standardize documentation and identify who should be documenting what
  • Provide assistance in operational workflow
  • Provide a forum to exchange learning and support sustained improvement



David Caress, MSW, MBA, CPHQ is a Project Manager at Acumentra Health. For more information on the Million Hearts initiative for cardiovascular health, contact him at: