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American Pharmacists Association Partners with HHS, CDC and CMS in the Million Hearts Initiative
Date:9/13/2011

macists can play a significant role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. In fact, studies have already demonstrated the value of pharmacists in improving cardiovascular outcomes. In 2009, a trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that collaboration between physicians and pharmacists resulted in better control of hypertension, the most common cardiovascular disease and a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. To learn more about the specific ways pharmacists can assist in the management of cardiovascular disease, please see APhA's Your Pharmacist and You: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease Fact Sheet.

The APhA Foundation has conducted several studies involving pharmacists in cardiovascular health. It has focused its efforts on creating models that optimize the pharmacist's role in closer monitoring, appropriate treatment and education, and the empowerment of patients. Research has shown that pharmacists can maximize patient outcomes, improve patients' quality of life, and contain or reduce health care costs.

  • Project ImPACT: Hypertension: Launched in 2011, Project ImPACT Hypertension is a one year demonstration project from the APhA Foundation in collaboration with Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The project's objectives are to improve the identification of hypertensive patients, improve adherence to medication, create a value-based hypertension benefit, assist patients with hypertension to achieve national treatment goals and measure patient satisfaction. Over 90 patients are enrolled and receiving care from pharmacists; this model involves patients, pharmacists, physicians and other pr
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