Community Physician Network joins Measure Up, Pressure Down campaign

Community Physician Network has joined more than 120 medical groups and health systems on a new national campaign aimed at improving high blood pressure prevention, detection and control. Called Measure Up, Pressure Down, the campaign leverages the coordinated care delivery systems of members of the American Medical Group Association, who have pledged to work toward achieving a goal of having 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with healthcare groups across the nation to keep our patients with high blood pressure in the best health possible,” Pat Rankin, M.D., chief medical officer at CPN, said. “The Measure Up, Pressure Down campaign offers a team approach to diagnosing and treating a common health risk factor, so we can help our patients achieve better outcomes.”

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, one in three, or 68 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure and less than half of patients have their condition adequately controlled. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day and accounts for an estimated $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity. The CDC study states that the most effective way to control high blood pressure is for the patient to receive care from a coordinated team of health professionals.

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