EvidenceNOW: Achievements in Primary Care

Five EvidenceNOW Practices Recognized as 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions

AHRQ congratulates the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions, including five primary care practices and clinicians participating in EvidenceNOW.

The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competition to identify clinicians, practices, and health systems that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in working with their patients to control hypertension.

AHRQ congratulates the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions and the five participating EvidenceNOW primary care practices and providers selected as champions.



New York City Cooperative

New York City:

  • Charles King Chan, MD (New York, NY)
  • Michael Richter, MD (Rego Park, NY)
  • Anming Luo Physician PC (Brooklyn, NY)




  • Jeffrey James Lim, MD, FACP (Guymon, OK)


Wisconsin, part of Mid-West Cooperative



  • Plymouth Family Physicians (Plymouth, WI)




"I will continue to take the lessons learned from this experience to further improve on blood pressure care and control in my practice. The resources that were provided to my practice helped tremendously in improving and reshaping the hypertension control workflow."

– Dr. Charles King Chan

Helping primary care practices use evidence to improve blood pressure control is a key focus of AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW initiative, in addition to improving aspirin use, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation to prevent heart attacks and stroke among people at high risk.

"I was able to improve on the workflow I have in place through participating in EvidenceNOW. The educational resources provided were extremely helpful when I counselled my patients, and also reinforced the team-based care model within my practice."

–Dr. Michael Richter

The selected Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions have worked with their patients to achieve blood pressure control rates at or above 70% through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and team-based care approaches.

Learn more about how EvidenceNOW is working with primary care practices to improve quality of care and patients’ heart health

Page last reviewed July 2018
Page originally created November 2017
Internet Citation: EvidenceNOW: Achievements in Primary Care. Content last reviewed July 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow/about/stories/achievements/index.html