ACC, AHA create 22 quality measures for blood pressure monitoring

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Cardiology experts developed 22 quality measures for blood pressure control, which are outlined in a new report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

In 2018, the two groups convened a committee to develop the new measures, which are broken down into three categories: six performance measures, six process quality measures and 10 structural quality measures.

Healthcare organizations and clinicians should use the measures as a tool to ensure they are following proper diagnosis and treatment guidelines for patients with high blood pressure, ACC and AHA said.

"The new measures also add new emphasis on promoting lifestyle modification, on assessing and promoting medication adherence, and on correct measurement of BP by individuals at home," committee member Gregory Wozniak, PhD, a director of outcomes analytics in Improving Health Outcomes at the American Medical Association, said in an AMA blog post.

To view a full breakdown of the measures, click here.

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