Project aims to get 80% of hypertension patients under control

A trade group that represents more than 400 integrated health systems and medical groups that employ 130,000 physicians is launching an initiative to dramatically improve the quality of hypertension care.

More than 120 health care organizations, including Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic, have signed on for the Measure Up, Pressure Down campaign. The project was started by the American Medical Group Foundation, the nonprofit research and education arm of the American Medical Group Assn. The foundation hopes that at least three-quarters of AMGA members will take part in the campaign, whose goal is for each organization to achieve an 80% rate of blood-pressure control among its patients with uncomplicated hypertension by 2016.

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