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August 31, 2016

WESTMED Chosen for National Initiative to Prevent Heart Disease & Stroke

WESTMED Chosen for National Initiative to Prevent Heart Disease & Stroke

Westmed Medical Group has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare patients. Health care practitioners, such as WESTMED, participating in the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction (CVDRR) Model will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.


Dr. Richard Morel, Westmed co-medical director, says, “We are pleased to participate in this national initiative that has tremendous potential to save lives and prevent debilitating diseases. As a participant in the program, Westmed will work with Medicare patients individually to determine their 10-year individual risk and to identify the best approach to reduce that risk.” For example, smoking cessation programs, blood pressure control, or cholesterol-lowering drugs or aspirin are options.  Dr. Morel added, “We’ll give each patient a personalized risk modification plan that will target his or her specific risk factors.”


To determine patients’ risk, Westmed will be using the ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease) risk calculator.  Here is the link for the calculator that patients can use themselves to get a measure of their personal risk scores.


Overall, nearly 20,000 health care practitioners and over 3.3 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries will participate in the CVDRR five-year model.


Westmed will be paid for reducing the absolute risk for heart disease or stroke among their high-risk beneficiaries “Our health care system historically often 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.”


This model is part of Million Hearts®, a broad national initiative co-led by CMS and CDC to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


For additional information about the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model, including a fact sheet and a list of participants, please visit: