Year 1 Evaluation of Million Hearts Program Positive but with Substantial Room for Improvement

March 05, 2019


Launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2017, the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model (Million Heart 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.

The just released year one evaluation report examined the implementation of the Million Hearts Model and found that the model is largely being implemented as intended. The report concludes that the model has increased the extent to which participants calculate CVD risk for their Medicare beneficiaries, identify beneficiaries at high risk, and treat modifiable CVD risk factors. Despite these positive conclusions, the report also finds that there is still substantial room for improvement. It is anticipated that future reports will assess the impact of the model on CVD events and costs.

Report highlights are available here.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459/, or Mara McDermott at 202-204-1462/

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