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Improving Hypertension Care

This learning module seeks to address the TCPi Drivers of, Patient and Family-Centered Care Design, Continuous, Data Driven Quality Improvement and Sustainable Business Operations as effective drivers that benefit from an improved cost of care conversation. The module is modeled on the Ten Steps for Improving Blood Pressure Control in New Hampshire a guide created by the CMS Partnership for Patients Million Hearts campaign which leverages the lessons learned from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (DHK) Clinic project. This guide, developed by Dr. Fedrizzi, director of Community Health Clinical Integration from Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Kimberly Persson, Project Director from the University of New Hampshire, Institute for Health Policy and Practice, is designed to provide brief learning events that highlight the key findings from each step and to direct users to reference the guide book for details on the methods. Each unit will summarize the approach described in the guide; participants will gain an understanding of how to improve blood pressure control in the practice setting to improve patient outcomes. The learning module will describe practical tools that participants will be able to employ with their practice, as well as identify behaviors to model in order to best support team members in improving hypertension care.

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This guide is designed to provide brief learning events that highlight the key findings from each step and to direct users to reference the guide book for details on the methods. Each unit will summarize the approach described in the guide, through which participants will gain an understanding of how to improve blood pressure control in the practice setting to improve patient outcomes. The learning module will describe practical tools that participants will be able to employ with their practice, as well as identify behaviors to model in order to best support team members in improving hypertension care.

Intended Audience:  This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing health care providers & practice teams needing or desiring to improve their care for patients with hypertension using the methods utilized in the Million Hearts initiative at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

Module Structure: This learning module will be asynchronous and self-paced in structure. Estimate time to complete will be 1-2 hour. It is intended that this module will be eligible for CME credits. The module will consist of 4 units and will contain the following elements:

  • Hyperlinks to web resources, templates and tools
  • Video testimony/case study from local provider
  • Video lessons
  • Interactive survey
  • Pre & post assessment

The training module will focus each unit to a single key learning, presented in 2-3 segments and encourage users to reference the published Ten Steps to Improving Blood Pressure Control in New Hampshire as well as the tools and templates available on the NNE PTN resource library. Each unit will provide a “micro-burst” learning opportunity, summarizing the key finding from the Ten Steps guide and describing the benefit from the approach. Each segment will be followed by two questions. The first question will focus on recall of the learning content for formative evaluation of learning and the second question will be introspective to encourage retention and application of learning.
 
Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour (1 hours for those seeking CME credits)
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this module, participants will

  • Summarize the health burden of high blood pressure (3.3.4 Document value)
  • Outline the current process flow and identify areas for improvement (3.2.4 Improve quality time)
  • Describe best practices to achieve accurate blood pressure measurement (1.6.3 Implement evidence-based protocols)
  • Describe the measure for monitoring patients whose blood pressure is adequately controlled (2.3.1 Use data transparently)
  • Describe a strategy for engaging patients in improving hypertension care (1.1.3 Collaborate with patients and families)

Table of Contents:

  • Test Your Knowledge (Pre-Test)
  • Unit 1: Introduction and Setting the ground work (Website, documents, credentials)
  • Unit 2: Making Changes(control center, report sections, page navigation)
  • Unit 3: Measuring and Monitoring progress(section and interpretation examples)
  • Unit 4: Communications: Internal & External (section and interpretation examples)
  • Course Wrap Up (Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Completion Statement)
  • Resources Section (section and interpretation examples)

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit.

Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.
 
To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After you confirm to completing the entire learning module and have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, your certificate of completion for CME credits will be generated and available for you for download.
  • Download and print your certificate of completion and CME Documentation Form.

Disclosures:
The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Amy Belisle, MD
Medical Director
Maine Quality Counts
 
Eleesa Marnagh, MPH
Lead Project Manager
Maine Quality Counts

Amy Miller, BSHA/M (Course Designer)
Program Specialist
Maine Quality Counts

Pieter Tryzelaar, M.Ed, MFA (Course Developer)
Manager of Education and Learning
Maine Quality Counts

Marguerite Corvini, MSW
Project Director
University of New Hampshire

Marcy Doyle, MS, MHS, RN, CNL
Project Director
University of New Hampshire

Hwasun Garin, BA
Project Director
University of New Hampshire

Jan Thomas, RN, BS
Project Director
University of New Hampshire

Emily Beaulieu, RN, BSN, MSN
Saco River Medical Group

 
Contact Information:

If you are having technical problems (video freezes or is unplayable, can’t print your certificate of completion, etc.) you can submit a Help Request (learninglab@mainequalitycounts.org) to the QC Learning Lab Team. If you have questions related to CME credit and requirements (Pre and Post-test) or course content, you can contact the Online Support Team at learninglab@mainequalitycounts.org.

 

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