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Health Care Final 02-18-10 -   7.1.b - Diabetic Eye Examinations

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7.1.b - Diabetic Eye Examinations

How well are Washingtonians controlling chronic conditions?

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Data Source:

NCQA HEDIS Dataset (commercial non-Medicare)
Measure Definition: Percentage of diabetic enrollees in HCA-participating health plans who received an eye examination
Target Rationale: Benchmark: National average of commercial health plan HEDIS scores
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Chronic disease management as indicator of overall health care quality
Relevance: Eye examinations are core procedure in diabetic management.

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 Summary Analysis

  • The 2009 HCA score of 67.7% for diabetic enrollees who received eye exams was above the national average of 56.5% by a statistically significant margin.
  • Periodic eye examination is a major component of effective diabetes managment because visual impairment--potentially leading to blindness--is a primary risk factor for poor managment of the condition.