ADA/NCQA issue new diabetes measures

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have adopted new guidelines for the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program, a voluntary program for individual physicians or physician groups that provide care for people with diabetes.

The new quality measures include a measure of A1C < 7% for people with diabetes, which is in line with new ADA clinical guidelines. The previous measurement was A1C< 8%.

A1C, also referred to as glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C), is a measure of blood glucose levels over a two- to three-month period. In people without diabetes, the normal range for A1C is 4% to 6%.

The government-funded study National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000 showed that only 37% of people with diabetes had achieved an A1C< 7%, demonstrating the number of people with uncontrolled diabetes has increased over the last decade.