A MAP for BP Control: Measuring Accurately, Acting Rapidly and Partnering with Patients

March 23, 2021

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Target Audience

Interested healthcare providers.


Target: BP™ is a national initiative formed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) in response to the high prevalence of uncontrolled blood pressure (BP). Iowa is seeing an uptick in the number of patients suffering from hypertension and physician and non-physician providers need to be equipped with the knowledge to properly treat these patients. Target: BP™ helps health care organizations and care teams, at no cost, improve BP control rates through an evidence-based quality improvement program and recognizes organizations committed to improving BP control.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the state of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and blood pressure (BP) control in the United States.
  • Identify common factors impacting BP control.
  • Review MAP BP as a strategy to improve BP control.
  • Assess the benefits of implementing self-measured BP in clinical practice.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/23/2021 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
03/23/2021 - 1:00pm CDT

Michael Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAFP
Vice President, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Dr. Rakotz oversees efforts to develop and implement national quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving blood pressure control and preventing type 2 diabetes. He is the AMAs clinical lead of Target: BP - a nationwide, multi-year collaboration with the American Heart Association to reduce the number of American adults living with uncontrolled hypertension.

A practicing family physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Rakotz recently served as the director of population health and virtual medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago. Today, Dr. Rakotz is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and a fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.


Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the IMS. DMU is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose.

  • Autumn McGill, activity coordinator
  • Michael Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, speaker
  • Kady Reese, activity director


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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