"This measure assesses the percentage of adult diabetes patients aged 18-75 years receiving at least one lipid profile (or ALL component tests)."
Why is this important?: "Persons with diabetes are at increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Lowering serum cholesterol levels can reduce the risk for CHD events.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology (AACE/ACE) recommend that a fasting lipid profile be obtained during an initial assessment, each follow-up assessment, and annually as part of the cardiac-cerebrovascular-peripheral vascular module.
American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that a fasting lipid profile be obtained as part of an initial assessment. Adult patients with diabetes should be tested annually for lipid disorders with fasting serum cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and calculated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol measurements. If values fall in lower-risk levels, assessments may be repeated every two years."
Taken from the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse