Harvard Pilgrim has a variety of programs aimed at helping members live a healthier lifestyle and supporting providers by encouraging patients to comply with treatment recommendations. One such tool is our member blood pressure quiz. On a monthly basis, Harvard Pilgrim commercial members who are newly identified as having hypertension receive a quiz in the mail, Are You Doing All You Can to Control Your Blood Pressure? The six-question quiz is quick and easy for members to take. Based on their score, a patient may be directed to engage in lifestyle changes such as being more physically active, limiting sodium intake to under 2,300 mg a day (with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg a day), quitting smoking, and taking medications as instructed by their health care provider.
For more information on their blood pressure medications, members are directed to call a Harvard Pilgrim clinical pharmacist. Other resources — such as a medication chart and access to a nurse care manager for support — are also provided in the cover letter accompanying the quiz. If you have any questions regarding this program, or if you would like copies of the quiz sent to your office, please contact the Clinical Programs Department at 800-287-9793.