Hypertension: Improvement in Blood Pressure

Percentage of patients aged 18-85 years of age with a diagnosis of hypertension whose blood pressure improved during the measurement period.


Measure Steward

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


Measure Numerator

Patients whose follow-up blood pressure is at least 10 mmHg less than their baseline blood pressure or is adequately controlled. If a follow-up blood pressure reading is not recorded during the measurement year, the patient’s blood pressure is assumed “not improved."


Measure Denominator

All patients aged 18-85 years of age, who had at least one outpatient visit in the first six months of the measurement year, who have a diagnosis of essential hypertension documented during that outpatient visit, and who have uncontrolled baseline blood pressure at the time of that visit.