A WISEWOMANTM knows that improving blood pressure is good for the heart

 

In honor of National High Blood Pressure Education Month, learn more about CDC’s WISEWOMAN program: Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation.

 

The aim of this program is to improve the delivery of heart disease and stroke prevention services for underserved women, aged 40-64 years. The program focuses on cardiovascular disease risk factors, specifically improving high blood pressure.1 To learn even more about WISEWOMAN, visit the CDC website.

 

Resources for your Patients

 

If your patient is one of the tens of millions of American adults who have hypertension, you know encouraging a healthier lifestyle and prescribing the right medications is important to managing the condition. But, if you would like to provide additional information about high blood pressure to your patients, take advantage of the helpful resources available to healthcare professionals through the CDC.

 

Meeting the HEDIS® measure?

 

Controlling High Blood Pressure (CBP) assesses adults ages 18-85 with a diagnosis of hypertension and whose blood pressure was properly controlled base 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

 

Patient claims should include one systolic reading and one diastolic reading2:

 

CPT II Code

Most recent systolic blood pressure

3074F

<130 mm Hg

3075F

130-139 mm Hg

3077F

≥ 140 mm Hg

CPT II Code

Most recent diastolic blood pressure

3078F

<80 mm Hg

3079F

80-89 mm Hg

3080F

≥ 90 mm Hg

 

When charting your patient’s blood pressure readings, in addition to the systolic and diastolic readings, and dates, if the patient has an elevated blood pressure, but does not have hypertension, note the reason for follow-up.

 

Additional tips for talking to patients

  • Continue to educate patients about the risks of hypertension
  • Encourage weight loss, regular exercise, and diet
  • Advise patients who are smoking to quit
  • Talk about chronic stress and ways to cope with it in a healthy way

 

1https://www.cdc.gov/wisewoman/about.htm

2https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm

 

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