Improving health outcomes

The AMA is collaborating to create health care that helps people live longer, healthier lives.

How is the AMA tackling chronic disease?

In collaboration with some of the nation's most influential health care leaders and organizations, the AMA aims to help prevent 2 of the nation's most common chronic diseases: type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease hurt the nation's health and economy, because they both:

  • Affect millions of patients across the country
  • Cost the U.S. economy almost $545 billion a year

Why is the AMA focused on type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

The AMA is in a unique position to bring together physicians in all practice settings and specialties with patients, communities and public and private sector organizations to develop new approaches to prevent progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes and to achieve better control of high blood pressure, which will improve health outcomes and ultimately the health of the nation.

Member Moving Medicine: Frank Clark, MD

Frank Clark, MD, chair of the Minority Affairs Section (MAS) reflects on being an advocate for change and the importance of diversity in the physician workforce to improve health outcomes.

To prevent type 2 diabetes the AMA is collaborating with:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a multiyear initiative called Prevent Diabetes STATScreen, Test, Act – Today™ .

Prevent diabetes STAT

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association, the CDC and the Ad Council—encouraging physicians to identify and refer patients with prediabetes to evidence-based CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Programs that can help them avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes prevention

YMCA

The YMCA of the USA to help increase the number of people enrolled in the YMCA's evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program recognized by the CDC.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares to increase availability of diabetes prevention programs in free and charitable clinics that serve patients with limited access to health care services.

To prevent heart disease the AMA is collaborating with:

Target:BP

The American Heart Association through a multiyear initiative called Target: BP aimed at reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization to support ambulatory care practices in efforts to improve the control of high blood pressure.

Million Hearts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, for which the primary objective is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

BP resources

Act rapidly

Best practices

Clinical inertia assessment

Gap analysis

Hypertension medication treatment protocol

Pre-assessment

Sample medication protocol

Workflow

General

Building your team

BP program implementation checklist

Resource library

Measure accurately

Best practices

BP measurement skills assessment

Gap analysis

In-office BP measurement infographic (English)

In-office BP measurement infographic (Spanish)

Pre-assessment

Staff competency for automated BP measurement

Staff competency for manual BP measurement

Steps for in-office BP readings

Workflow

Partner with patients

Best practices

Collaborative communication strategies

Gap analysis

Pre-assessment

Workflow

Self-measured blood pressure (SMBP)

Average calculator

Best practices

Device accuracy test

Gap analysis

Infographic (English)

Infographic (Spanish)

Interpretation table

Loaner device agreement

Loaner device inventory management

Patient training checklist

Patient training checklist: loaner device

Pre-assessment

Recording log 

Recording log - device average

Staff competency on training patients

Using a wrist cuff

What is SMBP?

Improving health outcomes

The AMA is collaborating to create health care that helps people live longer, healthier lives.

How is the AMA tackling chronic disease?

In collaboration with some of the nation's most influential health care leaders and organizations, the AMA aims to help prevent 2 of the nation's most common chronic diseases: type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease hurt the nation's health and economy, because they both:

  • Affect millions of patients across the country
  • Cost the U.S. economy almost $545 billion a year

Why is the AMA focused on type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

The AMA is in a unique position to bring together physicians in all practice settings and specialties with patients, communities and public and private sector organizations to develop new approaches to prevent progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes and to achieve better control of high blood pressure, which will improve health outcomes and ultimately the health of the nation.

Member Moving Medicine: Frank Clark, MD

Frank Clark, MD, chair of the Minority Affairs Section (MAS) reflects on being an advocate for change and the importance of diversity in the physician workforce to improve health outcomes.

To prevent type 2 diabetes the AMA is collaborating with:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a multiyear initiative called Prevent Diabetes STATScreen, Test, Act – Today™ .

Prevent diabetes STAT

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association, the CDC and the Ad Council—encouraging physicians to identify and refer patients with prediabetes to evidence-based CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Programs that can help them avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes prevention

YMCA

The YMCA of the USA to help increase the number of people enrolled in the YMCA's evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program recognized by the CDC.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares to increase availability of diabetes prevention programs in free and charitable clinics that serve patients with limited access to health care services.

To prevent heart disease the AMA is collaborating with:

Target:BP

The American Heart Association through a multiyear initiative called Target: BP aimed at reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization to support ambulatory care practices in efforts to improve the control of high blood pressure.

Million Hearts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, for which the primary objective is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

BP resources

Act rapidly

Best practices

Clinical inertia assessment

Gap analysis

Hypertension medication treatment protocol

Pre-assessment

Sample medication protocol

Workflow

General

Building your team

BP program implementation checklist

Resource library

Measure accurately

Best practices

BP measurement skills assessment

Gap analysis

In-office BP measurement infographic (English)

In-office BP measurement infographic (Spanish)

Pre-assessment

Staff competency for automated BP measurement

Staff competency for manual BP measurement

Steps for in-office BP readings

Workflow

Partner with patients

Best practices

Collaborative communication strategies

Gap analysis

Pre-assessment

Workflow

Self-measured blood pressure (SMBP)

Average calculator

Best practices

Device accuracy test

Gap analysis

Infographic (English)

Infographic (Spanish)

Interpretation table

Loaner device agreement

Loaner device inventory management

Patient training checklist

Patient training checklist: loaner device

Pre-assessment

Recording log 

Recording log - device average

Staff competency on training patients

Using a wrist cuff

What is SMBP?

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A female physician measures a young male patient's blood pressure.

Member Moving Medicine: Frank Clark, MD

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)​​​​​​​

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American Diabetes Association

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YMCA​​​​​​​

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AmeriCares​​​​​​​

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Target:BP

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Million Hearts

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