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Diabetes: Medical Attention for Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)

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Proper medical attention to prevent or manage kidney disease (nephropathy) may include:

  • A urine test to see how much protein is in your urine (microalbuminuria).
  • Treatments for reducing blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Working with a registered dietician to lower protein intake.

Why is this important?

  • If caught early, kidney disease can be slowed.
  • If caught later, your kidneys can fail.
  • If your kidneys fail, you’ll need to get dialysis or a transplant

How is Erie doing?

  • The charts below show the HEDIS® rates of people with diabetes in Erie who have gotten medical attention for kidney disease (nephropathy).
  • The higher the numbers, the better Erie is doing. They show people take care of their kidneys seriously.
  • 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 kidneys tested regularly.
  • Encourage people you know with diabetes to have regular tests for nephropathy.
  • Ask your doctor the questions below.

What to ask your doctor:

  • What can I do to prevent/treat kidney disease?
  • How can I prevent further damage to my kidneys? Are there any alternatives to the first choice you’ve given me? Can I do this with just diet and lifestyle changes?
  • What tests do I need to determine if I have kidney disease? How often should I have them done?
  • What are the chances that I’ll develop kidney failure?
  • Could past urinary tract infections be a factor?
  • How do I manage this with other health 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.
  • Where can I learn more?

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HEDIS® Data Sources | HEDIS® References


Private (Commercial) Insurance

Percent of Commercial Patients Who Got Medical Attention for Kidney Disease (Nephropathy) Test — higher is better.
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Medicare Insurance

Percent of Medicare Patients Who Got Medical Attention for Kidney Disease (Nephropathy) Test — higher is better.
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Medicaid Insurance

Percent of Medicaid Patients Who Got Medical Attention for Kidney Disease (Nephropathy) Test — higher is better.
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