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Community Physician Network joins more than 120 medical groups in a consumer campaign aimed at preventing, detecting and controlling high blood pressure

For release on January 18, 2013

Indianapolis, IN—Community Physician Network has joined more than 120 medical groups and health systems including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Kaiser Permanente on a new national campaign aimed at improving high blood pressure prevention, detection and control. Called Measure Up, Pressure Down, the campaign leverages the coordinated care delivery systems of members of the American Medical Group Association, who have pledged to work toward achieving a goal of having 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with healthcare groups across the nation to keep our patients with high blood pressure in the best health possible,” said Pat Rankin, M.D., chief medical officer at Community Physician Network. “The Measure Up Pressure Down campaign offers a team approach to diagnosing and treating a common health risk factor, so we can help our patients achieve better outcomes."

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, one in three, or 68 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure and less than half of patients have their condition adequately controlled. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day and accounts for an estimated $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity. The CDC study states that the most effective way to control high blood pressure is for the patient to receive care from a coordinated team of health professionals.

This team-based approach is the catalyst behind the campaign launched by the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the nonprofit education and research arm of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which represents healthcare professionals and groups that deliver health care to nearly one in three Americans. Community Physician Network and other Measure Up, Pressure Down participants have pledged to work toward achieving the campaign's goal by adopting one or more care processes known to improve patient outcomes. Specifically, Community Physician Network has committed to reviewing treatment guidelines and closely monitoring adherence to these guidelines; closer monitoring of medication compliance and hypertension control; and more education for front line staff on how to educate patients about lifestyle changes that can help control their hypertension.Groups will also track and report their progress on achieving better outcomes for patients.

Measure Up, Pressure Down will also engage patients, employers and other key stakeholders in a wide-reaching effort to raise awareness and empower individuals and communities to tackle one of the nation’s most important public health challenges. Supporting organizations include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts initiative, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Association of Black Cardiologists.

More information about Measure Up, Pressure Down is available at www.measureuppressuredown.com.

About AMGF
The American Medical Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AMGA. As a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, its mission is to foster quality improvement in group practice through education and research programs in clinical quality, patient safety, service, operational efficiency and innovation. In addition to research and demonstration projects, the Foundation helps support learning collaboratives and presents educational grants and awards to medical groups that demonstrate improvements in practice, quality, and patient care. www.amga.org/foundation

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations and integrated health care delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 125,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 130 million patients (nearly one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services and financial and operations assistance. www.amga.org

About Community Physician Network
Community Physician Network is one of the area’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, including more than 500 primary care and specialty physicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in more than 100 locations across central Indiana. Community Physician Network is part of Community Health Network, which is ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare networks and includes specialty and acute care hospitals, health pavilions, surgery centers, home care, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. Community Physician Network is dedicated to putting patients first, providing a full continuum of care that is easy for patients to use. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com/physician or call 800-777-7775.


Courtney Jones, Media Relations
Courtney Jones
Media Relations