Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model: Evaluation Year 2 Findings at a Glance

Publisher: Washington, DC: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
Nov 30, 2019
Greg Peterson, Linda Barterian, Keith Kranker, Amanda Markovitz, Adam Rose, Rumin Sarwar, Allison Steiner, Leslie Conwell, Jia Pu, Michael Barna, David Magid, Kate Steward, Laura Blue, Dan Kinber, Precious Ogbuefi, and Nancy McCall

The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model (Million Hearts Model) tests whether providing targeted incentives to health care providers to reduce CVD risk lowers the incidence of first-time heart attacks and strokes among Medicare beneficiaries (ages 40-79 who have not had a previous heart attack or stroke). As part of the five-year randomized trial, participating providers calculate their Medicare patients’ risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years, and receive incentives to reduce the CVD risk of high-risk beneficiaries (defined as those with a 30 percent or higher risk of a CVD event at baseline).