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Health Partners Plans Pledges to Help Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes by One Million

Philadelphia, PA — Health Partners Plans (HPP) is continuing its mission of “doing it right” by joining the Million Hearts Campaign. An initiative launched by Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the goal is to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 1 million by 2017.

This national initiative brings health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies and communities together to fight heart disease and strokes. As a managed care organization committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, HPP was eager to make the Million Hearts pledge. Through a multidisciplinary team of peer coaches, health educators, nutritionists, social workers and care coordinators, HPP continues to help its members remember their “ABCS” for heart health.

          Aspirin for people at risk
          Blood pressure control
          Cholesterol management
          Smoking cessation

“We continually strive to improve the health outcomes of our members, by encouraging healthy living through exercise and smart food choices,” said Dr. Steven E. Szebenyi, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management and Chief Medical Officer. “Since our comprehensive care programs align with the Million Hearts Initiative this partnership complements how we assist our members and the communities we serve.”

To promote its partnership with the Million Hearts Initiative, HPP recently hosted a tweet chat about heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease. Titled “Love your Heart,” the chat featured Michael DeAngelis, M.D., a cardiologist with the Lankenau Heart Group, and Stephanie Nichols, a health educator at HPP.

“It’s important for people to know that any pain from your nose to your navel, including your arms, can be attributed to your heart,” tweeted Dr. DeAngelis during the chat. “With heart disease being the number one killer among women and men in the United States, I’m honored to bring this important conversation online.”

To view HPP's pledge, visit the Million Hearts website. You can also make the pledge to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

ABOUT HEALTH PARTNERS PLANS: Nationally recognized for its innovations in managed care, Health Partners Plans consistently receives the highest ratings for member and provider satisfaction and is currently ranked the #1 Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and 20th in the nation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed healthcare organization serving more than 216,000 members in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners for Medicaid recipients, Health Partners Essential (Healthy PA) and its KidzPartners (Children's Health Insurance Program) plan. Founded nearly 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health insurers in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is “doing it right” at, and

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