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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

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS) and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, BMI-Obesity care, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, Anthem HMO, Cigna, HMO Colorado HealthOP, Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain HMO and PPO, and UnitedHealthcare PPO. Click on Health Plan Edition of the Quality Reports. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2014 report uses 2013 data.

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

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 2015 HMO Performance Report - Compare plans

Compare six health insurance companies (HMO/POS and PPO/EPO) from Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, Oxford and United, on quality ratings related to asthma, COPD, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, diabetes, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of imaging tests for lower back pain, cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; more. Easy to read; fast response. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, March 2016

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

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2016 (OPIC)

Lengthy (252 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, 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 Nov. 2016

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2015 Ratings

Compares Utah HMOs - health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP) on member satisfaction, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, mental health, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2016 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2015 data

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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