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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 9, 2014

Meeting US Hypertension Goal Is Possible, but More Work Needed

JAMA. 2014;311(14):1391. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2862

The federal government’s target level for blood pressure control among US adults with hypertension could be within reach, according to a recent analysis.

In 2012 the Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, which set a goal for at least 70% of US adults with hypertension to have their blood pressure under control by 2017. Researchers recently assessed progress toward that goal by analyzing data in the 2010-2012 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), which measures health plans’ performance.

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