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Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean No Change to MNCM Measures

The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Hypertension jointly released a scientific statement last week ahead of a planned 2016 guideline update that reinforces a target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg for patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease. “Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease” was released in the March 31, 2015 issue of Hypertension and signals what the final guidelines will be when released next year, which will be the first update to these guidelines since 2007.

As a result, MNCM does not expect changes to the blood pressure components for our Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care measures in the near future. The Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care all-or-nothing composite measures both include blood pressure components with targets of less than 140/90 mm Hg.

MNCM is constantly reviewing newly-published clinical guidance to determine its impacts to performance measures. We will continue to monitor any changes to the guidelines on blood pressure in the future.

Read more on the new guidelines at Medscape.