Eliminating copays helps reduce blood pressure in Kaiser Permanente study

Debt Linked With High Blood Pressure, Poor Health Among Young Adults: Study

In 2001, the Kaiser group introduced a system-wide program involving its 1,800 primary care doctors to tackle the blood pressure problem. It created a registry of adult members with high blood pressure, based on medical records. At the start, about 44 percent of 235,000 registry patients had their blood pressure under control. The registry grew and by 2009, the portion under control reached 80 percent of 353,000 patients.
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Things like chili peppers, chocolate, beans and bananas have all been proven to lower blood pressure in humans or in trials with rats. Read on for more here. Keep Weight Under Control Eating well is essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure, but even if you live on beans and bananas, extra pounds could harm you. In fact, one Italian study found that hypertension in overweight patients was a secondary condition, caused by the excess weight.
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Kaiser’s Blood Pressure Study Wins in the War Against High Blood Pressure

Over the studys time span two years and progresses have been labeled as significant towards the studys overall progress: such as in 2005, they began using one pill with two drugs (lisinopril and diuretic) which proved to be cost effective as well as easier to take for consumers. The second positive was in 2007, the program began offering free follow-up visits for patients with medical assistants rather than doctors, to check blood pressure readings. This was extremely beneficial because patients did not have to pay expensive co pays, or bill insurance companies, while also having more flexible times to meet with corresponding medical assistants. Georgianna Farren, chief medical officer of the Marin Community Clinic, said, “We have just begun a focus on hypertension in our clinic and started to create lists of patients with hypertension,” Farren said.
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