Meeting Archive:
Act Rapidly: The Importance of Treating Your Patients' High Blood Pressure


Meeting Description:
This one-hour live webinar is the second in a series of training around the M.A.P. framework and will train physicians and clinical teams on the “Act Rapidly” component. M.A.P. stands for Measure accurately, Act rapidly, and Partner with patients, families and communities.  Acting rapidly to manage high blood pressure is a key component to Target: BP’s ability to improve blood pressure control. This is accomplished by using a combination of the following: an evidence-based treatment protocol, having patients return frequently for follow-up until their blood pressure is controlled, single-pill combination therapy and incorporating feedback metrics whenever possible to drive improvement for the care of patients.



Webinar Objectives

•List clinician and patient factors that contribute to therapeutic inertia

•Provide the benefits of using a standardized treatment protocol for people with hypertension 

•Review the benefits of using single-pill combination anti-hypertensive therapy

•Explain why quality improvement programs that incorporate feedback metrics provide data that can drive improvement in blood pressure control

Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Target: BP Initiative Team
 Presenter Information
Michaal Rakotz, MD
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Dr. Rakotz serves as Vice President of Improving Health Outcomes at the American Medical Association, overseeing efforts to develop and implement national quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving blood pressure control and preventing type 2 Diabetes. He is the AMA’s clinical lead of Target: BP®-a nationwide, multi-year collaboration with the American Heart Association to reduce the number of American adults living with uncontrolled hypertension. A practicing family physician for more than 20 years, he recently served as the Director of Population Health and Virtual Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago. In 2014, his office was one of 30 sites in the US to earn the designation as a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. He continues to fulfill his passion for educating medical students and residents serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.