9 minutes | Jan 28th 2018

How Hypertension Guidelines Changes Are Impacting Our Patients

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Karol Watson, MD, PhD Under the 2017 Hypertension Guidelines, 46 percent of U.S. adults have high blood pressure which is up from 32 percent under the old benchmark. This interview covers the key information physicians need to know from the new guidelines in order to improve blood pressure control rates. Host Dr. Jennifer Caudle is joined by Dr. Karol Watson, an attending cardiologist and a Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Watson is a principal investigator for several large National Institutes of Health research studies, including the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. She reacts to the new guidelines and reflects on what these changes could mean to patients. The American Medical Association's M.A.P. framework and blood pressure improvement program is dedicated to helping health care providers improve blood pressure control in their adult patient populations, and a new AMA resource can help you succeed in Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) while you manage and treat high blood pressure. This resource outlines the different measures that relate to hypertension management in each MIPS performance category, potential MIPS score results, and related AMA resources that can help you improve the health of ...
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