Hypertension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Over 67 million American adults are affected, but only 47% of those diagnosed have their disease under control.
Fighting such a widespread condition takes careful planning and significant upfront investments of time and money. Download this brief to learn how to overcome the challenges of building a hypertension program.
Major challenges to establishing a hypertension program
1. Financial constraints
- Outpatient HTN centers face similar financial difficulties as medical clinics because the specialty is not procedure-oriented
- Hypertension has the potential to increase health care costs to hospitals via readmissions and ER visits
2. Intricate staffing needs
- Hypertension patients are often multi-morbid requiring various specialists
- Given the clinical overlap between specialties comprehensive multidisciplinary HTN teams are needed
3. Complex patient population
- Established HTN programs often receive more complex, difficult-to-manage HTN cases
- Due to the co-morbid nature of these patients, they can be time-consuming to treat
4. Disconnected care pathways
- Given the spectrum of locations patients can receive care (PCPs, outpatient clinics, etc.), it is difficult to have a unified care pathway
- Collaboration between PCPs and local community organizations can often be unclear
4 keys to overcoming these challenges
Download the full brief now to learn how to identify your community's hypertension program needs and set goals to meet them.