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Health Care Final 10-15-09 -   7.1.a - Diabetic Screening

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Health Care Final 10-15-09
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7.1.a - Diabetic HbA1c Screening

How well are Washingtonians controlling chronic conditions?

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Data Notes

Data Source:

NCQA HEDIS Dataset (commercial non-Medicarel)
Measure Definition: Percentage of diabetic enrollees in HCA-participating health plans who received blood sugar (HbA1c) testing  in CY 2008
Target Rationale: Benchmark: Regional 75th percentile as measured by health plan HEDIS scores.  
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Chronic disease management as indicator of overall quality of health care
Relevance: HbA1c testing is basic tool in tracking control of diabetes

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Period:  CY 2008

HCA Rate weighted to reflect distribution of enrollment among participating health plans

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  •  In CY 2008, 92.9% of diabetic enrollees in HCA-participating managed care health plans received blood sugar (HbA1c) testing, slightly above the benchmark regional 75th percentile of  90%. 
  • For the person diagnosed with diabetes, blood sugar screening is a basic component of managing the disease.  Thus it is to be expected that a substantial majority of such patients are being screened routinely.