Orlando Heart Specialists Help to Prevent a Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

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Award-winning health organization joins prestigious national initiative.

The selection of OHS by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advances Orlando Heart Specialists “towards the top 10% of practices nationwide in reaching the highest level of cardiac risk reduction.”

Orlando Heart Specialists (OHS) has been selected to apply the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model to decrease heart attacks and strokes by predicting patients’ individual risk and applying prevention interventions. Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in three deaths are caused by heart attacks and strokes.

According to Christi Hudiburg, CEO of OHS, the selection of OHS by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advances OHS “towards the top 10% of practices nationwide in reaching the highest level of cardiac risk reduction.”

By working with Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, OHS doctors determine the patient’s ten-year individual risk for a heart attack or stroke, then develop a personalized risk modification plan. This may include: smoking cessation interventions, blood pressure management, or cholesterol-lowering drugs.

“Our health care system historically emphasized acute care over preventive care,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer. “This initiative will enhance patient-centered care and give practitioners the resources to invest the time and staff to address and manage patients who are at high risk for heart attacks and strokes.”

OHS also offers 60-minute group sessions where its doctors discuss lifestyle factors, medications, complications and more regarding heart disease and diabetes.

New patients can schedule an appointment or reserve a seat at a group session by calling 407-767-8554.

ABOUT ORLANDO HEART SPECIALISTS

Orlando Heart Specialists delivers the highest level of compassionate patient care in five convenient locations. In its commitment to healing hearts and changing lives, OHS always utilizes the latest technological advances and learnings in prevention, intervention and treatment.

Orlando Heart Specialists is the only private practice in cardiology in the greater Orlando area to be awarded the SMARTCare implementation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The SMARTCare model results in more savings, a reduction in complications, and improved outcomes for patients by reducing unnecessary tests and treatments when medical management is appropriate.

The practice received the Bridges to Excellence Cardiac Practice Recognition Award in 2012 for demonstrating its commitment to improve cardiac outcomes and increase access to safe, effective and affordable care for its patients. OHS also received the Florida Health Care Coalition’s 2012 Community Quality Award for providing affordable and high quality care to patients in the Greater Orlando Area.

For more information about Orlando Heart Specialists, please visit http://www.orlandocardiology.com

ABOUT MILLION HEARTS®    

Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. For more information on the Million Hearts® initiative, please visit: https://millionhearts.hhs.gov.

For additional information about the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model, please visit:
https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM/.

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