Explanation: "This measure assesses the percentage of adult diabetes patients aged 18-75 years with most recent low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) less than 100 mg/dL."

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

http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/summary/summary.aspx?doc_id=4069