PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- A Peekskill organization could help prevent a heart attack.
Peekskill-based HRHCare has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.
Health care practitioners, such as HRHCare participating in the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.
“HRHCare’s mission is to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to quality care,” said HRHCare President and CEO Anne Nolon. “Knowing how critical early intervention is to preventing and treating illness, we are proud to participate in this new initiative that will improve patient-centered, preventive care, help identify risk factors and ultimately reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major contributor to disability in the United States. One in three deaths are caused by heart attacks and strokes, resulting in over $300 billion of health care costs each year.
In testing a new approach, practitioners participating in the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model’s intervention group will use a data-driven, predictive modeling approach to generate personalized risk scores and develop specific plans in partnership with patients to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
HRHCare is participating in the intervention group and will work to determine a person's ten-year individual risk for a heart attack or stroke. HRHCare will then work with beneficiaries individually to identify the best approach or approaches to reducing their risk of having a heart attack or stroke, like quitting smoking or lowering blood pleasure.
Each beneficiary will receive a personalized risk modification plan that will target their specific risk factors.