Randy Wexler, MD, MPH
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Wexler R. Measuring Blood Pressure for Decision Making and Quality Reporting. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:565. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-8-201110180-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(8):565.
TO THE EDITOR:
The article by Powers and coworkers (1) is not only clinically important, it is directly relevant to the ongoing evolution of the health care system. Hypertension is the most common cardiovascular disease in the United States and is often the initial insult on the road to coronary artery disease and heart failure (2). As such, it is not surprising that blood pressure is a common quality measure used by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and various insurers (3).
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