Over the past year, Delta Dental of Colorado partnered with CU Health Plan (CUHP) and a select group of highly utilized dentists to track blood pressure readings taken during routine visits. We received claims data for more than 1,200 patients, and through integrated data sharing, connected the medical and dental aspects of overall health based on American Heart Association guidelines for hypertension (high blood pressure) identification.

In the first 12 months of this pilot program, we saved at least six lives through early detection of hypertensive crisis and referral for follow-up primary care. We invite all dental providers to take blood pressure readings on all patients over the age of 20, twice per year or every six months.

If you see a CUHP patient, you can receive reimbursement for taking the blood pressure, educating the patient, and referring them to their physician for a definitive diagnosis and work-up if necessary.

Sign up to participate in the HIP program by completing the Hypertension Identification Program Registration Form.

After registering, you’ll receive an email with additional information about the program and how to get started.

Read more about the American Heart Association guidelines and understanding blood pressure readings.