Right Care Initiative


Since 2007, The Right Care Initiative’s goal has been to apply scientific evidence and outcomes improvement strategies to reduce patient morbidity and mortality through a collaborative focus on achieving quality goals where performance metrics indicate that evidence-based, life-saving practices are not fully deployed. Data from the Integrated Health Care Association, the National Committee For Quality Assurance, the federal Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, the Commonwealth Foundation, CMS, and the Centers for Disease Control indicate that approximately 80,000 Californians die yearly from heart attacks, strokes and diabetic complications. Many of these deaths and associated disabilities and health care costs could be prevented with evidence-based patient management, clinical quality improvement and adoption of the latest medical knowledge. Our work is focused in these high-leverage areas of better management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with particular emphasis on control of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. 

The Right Care Initiative, operated by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, was publicly launched with state officials, NCQA and the Deans of UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Public Health in March 2008 at the 1st annual Clinical Quality Improvement Leadership Summit.

The Right Care Initiative’s implementation actions include the annual statewide Right Care summit, cardiovascular disease and diabetes research at UC Berkeley, and community-focused efforts to reach Right Care Initiative’s goals in LA, Sacramento, and San Diego through the monthly University of Best Practices consortium.

Since induction, more than a dozen Right Care summits have been held around the state, along with over 150 monthly University of Best Practices. Each Right Care gathering is a collaborative effort to close the gap between science and practice to improve patient outcomes working with medical directors, pharmacy and quality improvement directors, as well as thought leaders in evidence-based medicine.

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Heart Care In the News

CDC CDC’s Million Hearts Update (May 2014)–  More needs to be done to reach the 2017 Million Hearts goal. CDC releases new data on the Million Hearts four “ABCS” clinical measures: aspirin, blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking. 
JAMA JNC8 Releases New Blood Pressure Management Guidelines (Feb 2014)– Eighth Joint National Commission updates the JNC7 guidelines and changes the blood pressure goal for those over 60 and those with chronic kidney disease. (NEJM News Release

AHA.ACCF BP Guidelines Nov 2017

New from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (Nov 2017)-
New Blood Pressure Guideline Sets 130/80 Threshold (MedPage Today – Cardiology Brief)

Recent Sacramento University of Best Practices