Founded in 1994, the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Board of Directors comprises 30 world leaders representing academia, basic science, private practice physicians, health systems, and the business community.
COSEHC has integrated a network of academic health centers and community primary care practices known as Centers of Excellence ™. Currently there are 23 diverse Centers of Excellence in the Southeast Region and Caribbean. Practices are required to achieve defined benchmarks in the areas of lipids (LDL), blood pressure, and A1c to receive the Centers of Excellence designation.
Since 2015, COSEHC has functioned as a practice transformation network, titled QualityImpact, under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. As such, COSEHC is collecting and analyzing clinical data from 4,000 enrolled providers to identify gaps in care. This partnership equips practices with the technology, facilitation and clinical quality improvement expertise to help them thrive in a value-based delivery environment.
Our success rests on the shoulders of our Founding Members, a group of academic cardiovascular (CV) physicians who were concerned with the enormous mortality rates from hypertension and related CV disorders in the Southeastern region of the United States. At the outset, they agreed that to improve the profound gaps in cardiovascular care, a strong education focus was needed. This was augmented by a strong desire to ensure community physicians were receiving the most up-to-date evidence-based information on therapeutic interventions. This led to the organization offering continuing medical education (CME) that focused on hypertension and targeted an audience in North Carolina where the Founders resided. With the increasing offerings of medical education programs, COSEHC determined that becoming an accredited provider was an important strategy in achieving its mission and goals, the COSEHC CME Program received initial accreditation from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education in 2003.
COSEHC is supported in its mission by contributions and grants from health insurance plans, government agencies, and various foundations.