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New York State Department of Health


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in New York State. In 2008, 39.8% of all deaths were due to CVD and in 2009 CVD is estimated to have cost the state $34.7 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity. The NY State Department of Health strongly supports the goals of the Million Hearts™ Initiative and is committed to achieving reductions in cardiovascular events. In New York’s Prevention Agenda toward the Healthiest State, CVD and its risk factors are priorities for improvement by 2013. The Department will address the ABCS (appropriate use of Aspirin, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation) of CVD prevention and control through several programs, including these: implementing a pilot program to provide incentives to Medicaid patients who achieve specific milestones in controlling their hypertension and diabetes; providing through the Medicaid Health Home initiative more coordinated, cost-effective services to Medicaid patients with multiple chronic conditions, including CVD; proposing that Medicaid reimburse dentists for tobacco cessation counseling; expanding the availability of evidence-based self-management programs, and exploring use of community registries to guide clinical quality improvement efforts.

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