Dec 11, 2019


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced 17 winners of the 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge, a competition to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates of at least 80%.

Edward Rippel, MD, FACP, of Quinnipiac Internal Medicine, P.C., is the first clinician in Connecticut to join the ranks of 118 national Hypertension Control Champions who have demonstrated success in improving hypertension control among their patients since 2012. Qualidigm, a leading healthcare consulting organization based in Wethersfield, Conn., recognized Dr. Rippel for his dedication to control hypertension rates through nomination for the 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. Dr. Rippel is also Connecticut’s first solo practitioner to achieve Level 3 status in the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) – Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program.

“I congratulate Dr. Rippel on this well-deserved national recognition,” said Timothy Elwell, PhD, Qualidigm president and CEO. “His leadership and commitment to improving patient outcomes was evident ten years ago when Qualidigm’s clinical practice transformation team first began working with Dr. Rippel in support of PCMH recognition, a high recognition that Dr. Rippel’s office still holds today.”

Million Hearts® is a national initiative, co-led by the CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. The CDC recognizes the Champions’ performance and shares their lessons learned to inspire others to focus on achieving similar success.

Learn more about the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions.