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Diabetes and hypertension might land you on kidney dialysis: Chronic kidney disease

Diabetes and hypertension are the two most common causes of end stage renal disease (ESRD). Estimates that for every person on renal dialysis, 20 to 30 patients have some lesser degree of kidney disease. Pubmed article by Malvinder Parmar, a director of dialysis in Canada, published in BMJ July 2002 outlines the five stages of chronic kidney disease that results in end-stage renal disease, or kidney failure.

High Blood Pressure (MedlinePlus)

Prevent and control high blood pressure; ACE inhibitors, high blood pressure as related to diabetes, kidney failure, pregnancy or stroke; normal blood pressure readings, prehypertension, salt in the diet, control without medications, and more

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

California Health Insurance Ratings, 2011 CCHRI Report (pdf)

Compare HMO and PPO health insurance plan ratings: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente North, Kaiser Permanente S. Cal. United and Western. Clinical performance (HEDIS measures) for prenatal maternity care, child illnesses & immunizations, asthma, diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, cholesterol management, cancer screening, back pain, osteoporosis, drug treatment, behavioral health care and more. Prepared by CCHRI (California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative), a group of employers, health plans, and health care providers across CA

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2010-2011

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS), NCQA accreditation and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, CIGNA, Denver Health, HMO-Colorado (Anthem Blue Cross BlueShield), Humana, Kaiser Permanente, PacifiCare, Rocky Mountain, and United Healthcare. Sample prices for knee MRI & Back CT are shown. Click on smaller report. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2011

Compare Community Health Center ratings

Find performance levels of about 1200 community health centers by state, on clinical measures: diabetes, hypertension, prenatal care, low birth weight, childhood immunizations and cervical cancer screening. UDS data from 2010, no update readily available

How often do physicians advise patients to exercise?

Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2010, show that about one in three adults (32.4%) who had seen a physician or other health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity. NCHS Data Brief 86, February 2012

Louisiana Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2010

Compare health plan quality and customer satisfaction for insurance plans Aetna, Connecticut General, Coventry, Group Health, HMO Louisiana Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, BC BS of LA, United Healthcare PPO, HMO POS. Quality scores for diabetes, maternity, postpartum, well child, cancer screening, blood pressure, asthma, chlamydia, medical care use HEDIS 2009 scores (2008 data). Try not to be surprised at how low some of the scores are. Not all plans report

Minnesota, ND, SD, WI - Physician Clinic Ratings - HealthScores  Editor's Pick

Compare side-by-side (3 at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some WI communities for diabetes, vascular care, and mental health (depression). Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Urgent care such as Express, MinuteClinic, Priority Pediatrics. Separate Disparities report shows additional clinic ratings for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care patients for cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, immunization, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Uses 2014 data. Interactive easy-to-use format

Most Influential Doctors in Twelve Specialties (USA Today)

Lists of about 8800 physicians across 300 metro areas, with 3 to 5 doctors (each) shown for alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breast cancer, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis and arthritis medical care. Created by the private firm Qforma, with USA Today newspaper. A little unclear how those listed were selected from the full 30% of specialists nationwide would otherwise qualify to be on the list. Influential related to patient volumes and implied referrals from other doctors. No details of credentials. Qforma sells the full list to corporate clients. Published October 2010

New Jersey 2011 HMO Performance Report - Compare plans

Compare five health insurance plans (HMO and POS): Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, and Oxford, on quality ratings related to asthma, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, mammograms, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; more. Easy to read; fast response. Member satisfaction is no longer included. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, Oct. 2011

New Mexico Medicare Advantage Insurance Plan Ratings

Compare 10 health insurance Medicare Advantage plans in New Mexico. Provided by Consumer Reports in 2013. Unclear what year(s) the data and rankings were based on. Go to NCQA to see detailed reports and more current information

New York and New Jersey 2010 HMO and Hospital Report Card (nyshaf.org)  Editor's Pick

Compare cost and quality ratings for HMOs such as Aetna, AmeriHealth, Anthem BCBS, Blue Choice, CDPHP, CIGNA, Community, Empire, GHI, Health Net, HIP, Independent, MVP, Oxford, & Preferred Care, side-by-side in NY and NJ, for diabetes, asthma, postpartum care, some cancer care, mental health, antibiotic use for children, low back pain care, Board-certified physicians, monthly health insurance premiums, overall patient satisfaction experience & more. Hospital quality comparisons on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infections also provided for NY hospitals. Inpatient volumes, average length of stay and average price (charges) provided for appendectomy, asthma, maternity (incl. newborn & c-section delivery), chest pain, depressive neuroses, diabetes, gall bladder surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, hysterectomy, stroke, cardiac procedures, pneumonia, and COPD. Some survival ratings. Impressive list of measures, too numerous to mention. Health Care Report Card prepared by the NYS Health Accountability Foundation - a partnership of the NY Business Group on Health and IPRO (the QIO). Dates of data vary; HMO premiums are supposed to be current to the month

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2011 (OPIC)

Lengthy (223 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Jan. 2012

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2008 Ratings

Compares Utah HMOs covering about 40% of Utah residents - health insurance plans Altius, HealthWise, SelectHealth, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, IHC Preferred, Select Access PEHP CHIP) on back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure (categorized under Health Care for Adults); diabetes, antidepressant medication, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, overall member satisfaction rates, and more. Shows actual performance rates, and a star-rating. Members rated slightly higher satisfaction with Altius than with other plans, but the HEDIS quality scores are not necessarily higher. Which is more important to you: Satisfaction or Quality? Click on Download Print Version for complete pdf (on left), or see individual topics under Quality of Care and Consumer Satisfaction. Key Findings do not show HMO names. 2008 Performance Report published by utah.gov Nov. 2008

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Health Insurance Plan Ratings

Compare Dean, Gundersen Lutheran, Mercy, Physicians Plus, Security and Unity Health Plan, on 17 quality and satisfaction ratings (CAHPS & HEDIS measures). Includes Diabetes, Heart Care, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Patient Satisfaction with their doctor and health insurance plan. Shows 2009 data, one measure at a time. Report by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Physician Group Ratings  Editor's Pick

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to Appointment availability (time to schedule a doctor's appt.), Diabetes, heart care, Hypertension, Cholesterol management, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, patient satisfaction with clinics, and screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer. Includes Affinity, Aurora, Bellin, Columbia St. Mary's, Dean, Franciscan Skemp, Gundersen Clinic, Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic, Medical College Physicians, Mercy, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan. Some info for Monroe Clinic, West Bend, and LakeShore Medical. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality; 2009 and 2010 data

Wisconsin Health Reports.org - Compare Medical Group Ratings

Compare the care provided by physicians and doctors in about 20 medical clinics across WI. Medical group ratings are shown for diabetes care, kidney function testing, heart care, cholesterol testing, blood pressure control, smoking advice to patients. Easy to read language; must be able to use a drop-down menu. Aurora, Bellin, Dean, Gundersen Lutheran, Mayo, Marshfield Clinic, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW and others. Sponsored by WCHQ Collaborative, WI Hospital Assn, and WI Medical Society; 2009-2010 data

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