Controlling High Blood Pressure
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses adults 18–85 years of age who had a diagnosis of hypertension and whose blood pressure was adequately controlled based on the following criteria:
- Adults 18-59 years of age whose blood pressure was <140/90 mm Hg.
- Adults 60-85 years of age, with a diagnosis of diabetes, whose blood pressure was <140/90 mm Hg.
- Adults 60-85 years of age, without a diagnosis of diabetes, whose blood pressure was <150/90 mm Hg.
Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death in the United States.1
Controlling high blood pressure is an important step in preventing heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease, and in reducing the risk of developing other serious conditions.2 Health care providers and plans can help individuals manage their high blood pressure by prescribing medications and encouraging low-sodium diets, increased physical activity and smoking cessation.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2012. “About High Blood Pressure.” http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/about.htm
- James, P.A., S. Oparil, B.L. Carter, W.C. Cushman, C. Dennison-Himmelfarb, J. Handler, D.T. Lackland, et al. 2014. 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults. Report from the Panel Members Appointment to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8). 311:507–20.