Explanation: "This measure assesses the percentage of adult diabetes patients aged 18-75 years with most recent blood pressure less than 130/80 mm Hg"

Why is this important?: "Intensive control of blood pressure in patients with diabetes reduces diabetes complications, diabetes-related deaths, strokes, heart failure, and microvascular complications.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology (AACE/ACE) recommends that a blood pressure determination during the initial evaluation, including orthostatic evaluation, be included in the initial and every interim physical examination.

American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends a blood pressure determination during the initial evaluation (with orthostatic measurements when indicated) and comparison to age-related norms. The routine follow-up examinations should include blood pressure measurement."  

 

Taken from the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/summary/summary.aspx?doc_id=4073