Healthy Hearts Northwest is a three-year project for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that aims to help improve the cardiovascular health of patients by expanding existing quality improvement capacity. Practices are participating nationwide as part of the AHRQ EvidenceNOW initiative.

The Healthy Hearts Northwest program includes:

  • Quarterly site visits and a monthly phone call by a practice coach to support improving ABCS Heart Health measures.
  • Technical assistance on how to use your EHR for quality improvement purposes.
  • Assistance producing reports on your ABCS clinical quality measures.
  • Benchmarked reports on ABCS clinical quality performance measures at regional, state, and national levels.
  • High-value information about how to participate in value-based reimbursement programs, such as PQRS and meaningful use.
  • A practice assessment report that indicates opportunities for improving your quality improvement infrastructure.
  • Webinars every other month to help practices meet their Healthy Hearts Northwest improvement milestones.
  • Phone-based office hours to discuss different topics and share lessons learned.
  • Support participation in this study as meeting ABFM and ABIM MOC Part IV requirements.
  • For some clinics: Coordinated visit to an exemplar clinic.
  • For some clinics: Training in the use of evidence-based cardiovascular risk reduction calculation and care planning.

Enrollment to this program closed June 30, 2016.

Healthy Hearts Northwest is a collaboration between The MacColl Center, The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN), Qualis Health, and The WWAMI region Practice & Research Network (WPRN) that is supported by grant number R18HS023908 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

EvidenceNOW is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality national effort to improve heart health in seven regions across the United States. EvidenceNOW is building critical infrastructure to help smaller primary care practices—which often do not have internal resources for quality improvement—apply the latest medical research in the care they provide. Aligned with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts® effort, EvidenceNOW focuses on helping thousands of primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the health of millions of Americans.

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/21/2015