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CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTERS

The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) maintains a formal certification process for medical practices and health care providers that have demonstrated expertise in treating patients who have complex or difficult-to-treat hypertension and its co-morbidities. The Program – focused on enhancing hypertension patient care – is designed to evaluate each medical practice against a professional set of criteria based upon responses to a questionnaire and a rigorous review process by hypertension experts.

Click here to view the current Centers.

Click here to download the application for Hypertension Practice Center.

Click here to download the application for Comprehensive Hypertension Center.

*Please see below for criteria to become an ASH Certified Practice or Comprehensive Hypertension Center.

ROLE & FUNCTION OF ASH CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTERS PROGRAM

Patient Perspective:

  • Provide patients with access to centers focused on treating complex hypertension and its co-morbidities
  • Provide patients with confidence that the centers can provide the most effective treatment strategies based on current translational, evidence-based research in hypertension
  • Provide patients with assurance that the center has been vetted and is recognized by the American Society of Hypertension, Inc., based on professional evaluation criteria

Health Care Provider Perspective:

  • Promote and recognize the role and function of those physicians who have achieved the designation as Specialists in Clinical Hypertension
  • Provide a referral source for non-hypertension specialist physicians, and other health care providers treating patients with resistant hypertension and its co-morbidities
  • Establish a national coordinating network of ASH Certified Hypertension Centers for physician and other health care provider access
  • Establish a pathway for appropriate reimbursement for those health care professionals treating patients with resistant hypertension and its co-morbidities
  • Provide direct access to ASH-sponsored live and online educational activities

Clinical Research and Training Perspective:

  • Provide centers with the opportunity to participate in hypertension clinical research studies, particularly the ASH National Hypertension Registry Initiative
  • Serve as an impetus to expand hypertension training programs at all levels
  • Utilize the outcomes of these studies to develop needs assessments for hypertension health care providers and develop appropriate educational activities

Insurance Providers and Payor Perspective:

  • Establishes collaborative & educational liaison with payors
  • Provides standardized criteria for a hypertension specialty practice
  • Provides information on effective treatment strategies and protocols

ASH CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTERS CRITERIA

Hypertension Centers are accredited at two (2) levels, "Hypertension Practice Center" and "Hypertension Comprehensive Center", with the "Comprehensive Hypertension Center" encompassing research and education. One over-arching criterion for accreditation of a Hypertension Center is that the facility will be directed by a physician who has received designation as a Hypertension Specialist by the Hypertension Specialist Program of ASH.

ASH COMPREHENSIVE HYPERTENSION CENTERS

These Centers are located in either academic medical centers or in large multi-specialty clinics. These centers may exist independently or as part of larger divisions or departments.

  • Director must be an ASH Designated Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
  • More than 50 % of Center must be devoted to patients with hypertension and related disorders
  • Personnel are certified in recording blood pressure and in maintaining equipment for both the Center and self-monitoring for patients
  • Performs and interprets 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recording
  • Facilities to perform extensive multi-specialty examination and treatment to assess complicated hypertension problems
  • Influences hypertension curriculum for medical students, house officers and fellows
  • Center personnel participate in the annual publication of scholarly articles related to the field of hypertension and related disorders

ASH HYPERTENSION PRACTICE CENTERS

These Centers are either private or group medical practices.

  • Director must be an ASH Designated Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
  • More than 50 % of practice must be devoted to patients with hypertension and related disorders
  • Personnel are certified in recording blood pressure and in maintaining equipment for both the Center and self-monitoring for patients
  • Performs and interprets 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recording
  • Access to extensive multi-specialty examination and treatment to assess complicated hypertension problems

BENEFITS FOR AN ASH CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTER

  • Given the approval of the Hypertension Taxonomy Code by the AMA, Hypertension Specialists in ASH Certified Centers will be able to bill Third Party Payers for reimbursement of appropriate Hypertension Services
  • Presentation of a plaque confirming designation
  • Listing in national roster of ASH Certified Hypertension Centers on the ASH Website
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical hypertension research
  • ASH to provide Patient Information brochures & educational material related to hypertension and its co-morbidities

TERM AS AN ASH CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTER

  • Medical Practices approved as Comprehensive or Practice ASH Certified Centers of Excellence are approved for a five (5)-year term. Medical Practices conditionally approved are given a two (2) year term.
  • Approved Centers have the option one (1)-year before the conclusion of their approved term to apply for re-designation by submitting a self-study, as well as scheduling an on-site evaluation.
  • During the certification term, certified centers file an annual report & fee.

ASH CERTIFIED HYPERTENSION CENTERS COMMITTEE

Chair: John B. Kostis, MD
Henry R. Black, MD
Joseph A. Diamond, MD
Brent M. Egan, MD
Fernando Elijovich, MD
Bonita Falkner, MD
Barry J. Materson, MD
Aldo J. Peixoto, MD
Gary L. Schwartz, MD,
John J. Szawaluk, MD
William B. White, MD
Marion R. Wofford, MD