Hypertension Management Quality Improvement Program

Cardiovascular disease—including heart disease and stroke—is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every day, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular diseases—that's nearly 800,000 Americans each year, or one in every three deaths. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, and half of these individuals do not have their condition under control. 1

According to the State of Ohio’s Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease Plan 2014-2018, Ohioans struggle with more illness and disability than most Americans. In fact, Ohio ranks, 37th for health in the country and ranks among the worst in the nation for overall health outcomes. 2

Hypertension is the most treatable type of cardiovascular disease, and simple interventions can help you to improve the care you provide to your patients diagnosed with high blood pressure. This module follows the 2014 evidence-based guideline for the management of high blood pressure in adults, report from the panel members appointed to the eighth joint national committee.

To fully implement your practice improvement plan and analyze your results, it will take you a minimum of three months to complete the process. If you are completing this module to meet American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification (MC-FP) Part IV credit, you may take up to 12 months to complete this stage. Please plan accordingly.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (date accessed 7/1/2015) Retrieved from: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/abouthds/cost-consequences.html
  2. Ohio's Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease: 2014-2018. Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Healthy Ohio. (date accessed 7/1/2015) Retrieved from: http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/cdplan

Learning Objectives

Participants in this module will:

  1. Reflect upon the importance of practice team engagement to manage patients diagnosed with hypertension.
  2. Determine the gaps in the care that is currently being provided to patients diagnosed with hypertension.
  3. Put interventions into practice, work for improvement in hypertension care management.
  4. Demonstrate improvements in patient care as a result of systems changes identified through quality improvement initiatives.


  • Ryan Kauffman, MD, (Project Champion)
  • Kenneth Bertka, MD
  • Douglas Harley, DO
  • Gary LeRoy, MD


  • Pedro Ballester, MD
  • Joseph P. Hazen, MD
  • Erin Jech
  • Mary Krebs, MD
  • Kate Mahler, CAE
  • Josh Ordway, MD
  • Terry Wagner, DO

Faculty Disclosure

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians adheres to the conflict-of-interest policy of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association (AMA). Current guidelines state that participants in CME activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect an author's article.

The members of this expert panel have completed conflict-of-interest statements. Disclosures do not suggest bias but provide readers with information relevant to the evaluation of the contents of these recommendations.

Commercial Support

This module was supported by Grant Number 2B01OT009042, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

System Requirements

Hardware/Software requirements include · Windows 7+ - Internet Explorer 9.0+ · OS X 10.7+ · Safari, Google Chrome 42.0.0+ · Broadband connection (DSL/cable) recommended.