Once-a-year testing is critically important to providing quality diabetes care
One in every 10 Americans have diabetes, but one in every five don’t know they have it. That makes annual testing important to those who have symptoms. For those patients who are diagnosed, testing is vitally important to reducing serious health complications and the costs associated with them.
It isn’t always easy to help patients understand the need for annual testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources you can use in your practice to educate, inform, and hopefully motivate your patients. Visit their website cdc.gov and use their Health Care Providers section to access patient education programs, prevention toolkits and more.
Comprehensive Diabetes Care (CDC): This HEDIS® measure evaluates members aged 18 to 75 years with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Each year, members with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should have:
- Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing - HbA1c control (< 8%)
- Eye exam (retinal) performed
- Medical attention for nephropathy
- BP control (< 140/90 mm Hg)
Anthem Blue Cross wants to share the information needed to close CDC gaps in care. For a list of your patients who need testing, contact Anisha Dua or Jeffrey Chin at Anisha.email@example.com or Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can improve the outcome for members with diabetes.
December 2021 Anthem Blue Cross Provider News - California