NCQA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Million Hearts® Collaboration

new report issued in support of Million Hearts® highlights some of the nation’s strongest performers in cardiovascular care. Developed by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the report features health plans and physician practices that have achieved excellent results in cardiovascular care, including high rates of blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. 

Million Hearts® is a national effort co-led by the CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes. The report highlights best practices and evidence-based strategies emphasized by the national initiative that are designed to improve American heart health. High performers were identified by performance data in cardiovascular care-related measures and by diversity with respect to geographic location, organizational structure and patient population. NCQA used the Heart/Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) to collect performance information from physician practices and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) to track information on health plans nationwide. 

Below are the spotlights highlighting the work of the health care organizations and physician practices involved in the initiative:

Health Plans/Organizations

Capital District Physicians' Health Plan
Cigna Health Care of Arizona dba Cigna Medical Group
Empire HealthChoice 
Fallon Community Health Plan
Florida Health Care Plan
Group Health Cooperative
JSA Healthcare Corporation
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Scott & White Health Plan
Security Health Plan of Wisconsin

Physician Practices/Groups & Organizations

Carolinas HealthCare System-NorthEast Internal & Integrative Medicine
Coventry HealthAmerica Independent Practice Association
Edward Zurad, MD
Aroostook Medical Family Practice & Internal Medicine Center (Lance Sweeney, DO)
My Doctor, LLC
Southern Maine Medical Center PrimeCare Physicians
Summit Medical Group, PLLC-Fountain City Family Physicians