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Comprehensive Diabetes Care—LDL-C Screening

Measure Definition

The Comprehensive Diabetes Care—LDL-C Screening measure reports the percentage of members 18 through 75 years of age with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) who had an LDL-C test during the measurement year.

Importance

LDL-C screening is important for diabetics and is used to test cholesterol levels in the blood. High LDL-C levels are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular mortality, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.75,76 Patients with diabetes are at a two to three times greater risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to patients who are non-diabetics. A 30 percent reduction in LDL-C has been shown to reduce major vascular events by approximately 25 percent, regardless of the baseline LDL.

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Last modified on: 12/24/2013 9:22 AM