New Diabetes Data Now Available through AF4Q’s Web Site

More than 34,700 adults in Adams and York counties are diagnosed with diabetes. Yet patients with diabetes receive only 45 percent of their recommended care – less than half of the safe, effective care they need. In correlation with American Diabetes Month, Aligning Forces for Quality South Central Pennsylvania (AF4Q South Central PA) is encouraging people with diabetes to educate themselves about the quality of care they’re receiving. By visiting http://www.aligning4healthpa.org/ residents of Adams and York counties can find information through the Community Checkup to better manage their health and ensure they are receiving high-quality diabetes care.
 
Released in early November, the Community Checkup shows how well local doctors’ offices are providing diabetes care, and how well patients are participating in their care. It also provides a variety of ratings for local hospitals. More than 50 local health care practices with 169 providers and four hospitals provided treatment information about their patients. If a doctor within a participating practice didn’t report information that is indicated on the Web site.
 
It is important for people with diabetes to understand the differences between good care and bad care, so they can demand appropriate treatment and make informed choices. By using the Community Checkup, people living with diabetes can find a doctor’s office that provides the best care possible for them, including recommended tests and checkups to keep them healthy. 

The results show whether the practices and patients have good control of the patients’ blood sugar level (A1C), blood pressure levels, and LDL cholesterol levels. The data also shows the percentage of patients who had these levels checked, as well as what percentage of patients had their body mass index checked during the past year. In addition, visitors are able to compare the 2010 results to last year’s, as well as the national and community averages.

In addition, the Web site provides the public the chance to review quality care results for Gettysburg, York, Memorial, and Hanover Hospitals. In the past, AF4Q South Central PA hasn’t highlighted the hospitals, but in an effort to continue to improve the quality of care throughout the community, AF4Q South Central PA partnered with the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance to release this information. Visitors can look at each hospital individually, or do a comparison among the four. The data focuses on the care of patients with various conditions, such as, but not limited to, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and pneumonia.
 
The information has been designed to benefit everyone from the patient and doctor, to employers and health plans. Doctors can learn from each other, and do a comparison against other practices. Employers should share the information with employees and use it to ensure their benefits cover the needs of their employees, and encourage healthy behaviors.
 
Visit www.Aligning4HealthPA.org to view the quality care results.

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