CSHP: Reduce health care costs by reducing blood pressure

Colorado Springs Health Partners has joined more than 120 medical groups and health systems in launching a national campaigned to improve prevention, detection and control of high blood pressure.

Called “Measure Up, Pressure Down,” the campaign will feature a panel of national experts with the goal toward having 80 percent of patients with high blood pressure in control of the condition by 2016.

“Tacking a disease like high blood pressure is one of the most effective ways a patient and their doctor can improve health outcomes by reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. A great side benefit is it also helps control costs.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three – 68 million – adults in the United States have high blood pressure and less than half have their condition controlled. The most effective way to control high blood pressure is a team approach, says the CDC.

That’s where CSHP comes in. The city’s largest medical group launched the patient care compass, a model designed to deliver care coordination and provide patients with both access and a central role in their own health care.

“High blood pressure is one condition that affects so many more aspects of our health,” says Kari Uusinarkaus, a certified hypertension and cholosterol expert. “Fortunately, it is one of those diseases for which patients have many tools to deal with it, like diet, services and medical monitoring.”