Erie Vital Signs

Diabetes: Cholesterol (LDL-C) Testing

Recent Performance

This trend is mixed.

The percentage of commercial patients who got this cholesterol test rose slightly to 80% in 2013, but remained below national (83%) and state (85%) rates. Medicare patients testing rose to 85%, but still was below national and state rates, which were both 89%. Medicaid patients got testing at 78%, which matched the state rate and surpassed the national rate (76%) by two percentage points.

The Basics

This indicator reports the percentage of patients in each category (commercial, Medicare, Medicaid) who got a cholesterol (LDL-C) test, indicating that they are attending to potential problems that can arise from diabetes.

Why is this important?

  • When LDL cholesterol levels are too high, they can cause problems with the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular problems) such as heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Waxy fats (plaque) stick to the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis), making it harder for your heart to pump blood through your body.
  • It can also lead to blindness, amputations and kidney failure.

How is Erie doing?

  • The charts below show the HEDIS® rates of people with diabetes in Erie who had their levels of bad cholesterol tested. Having your cholesterol checked helps to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
  • The higher the numbers, the better Erie is doing. They show people care about heart health and are taking steps to improve it.
  • Erie improved in 2013, but is still lagging behind both the Pennsylvania and national benchmarks.

How can you help Erie do better?

  • If you have diabetes, have your doctor check your cholesterol yearly.
  • Encourage people you know with diabetes to have their cholesterol checked regularly.
  • Ask your doctor the questions below.

What to ask your doctor:

  • What number should I aim for with my “bad” cholesterol (LDL – Low Density Lipoproteins), and how do I get there?
  • What number should I aim for with my “good” cholesterol (HDL – High Density Lipoproteins), and how do I get there?
  • How often should I have this test?
  • How can I manage this along with my other conditions?
  • Ask your doctor to order your Hemoglobin A1c, LDL-C and Nephropathy screening (Microalbumin) on the same lab order sheet. That way all the testing is done at the same time to give a nice overview at that time how your diabetes is being managed.
  • How can I learn more?

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HEDIS® Data Sources | HEDIS® References


Private (Commercial) Insurance

Percent of Commercial Patients Who Got a Cholesterol (LDL-C) Test — higher is better.
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Medicare Insurance

Percent of Medicare Patients Who Got a Cholesterol (LDL-C) Test — higher is better.
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Medicaid Insurance

Percent of Medicaid Patients Who Got a Cholesterol (LDL-C) Test — higher is better.
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HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

The Details

A LDL-C screening is an easy blood test that measures your “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C – low density lipoprotein) level.

Subcategories

This EVS indicator has subcategories for patients with commercial/private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Peer Areas

The 2011-2013 data are available for Erie, and provide the benchmark for the state of Pennsylvania and the benchmark for the United States.

Frequency

Annual

Source

These data are from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®), which includes data from insurance claims. HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

Erie County HEDIS data is collected from the three large insurers in Erie County and aggregate numbers are reported. The insurance companies are HealthAmerica, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and UPMC Health Plan. Peer, state and national HEDIS data came directly from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The data were compiled by the Erie County Department of Health.

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