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Diabetes: Blood sugar test

Diabetes is a disease that keeps your body from making or using insulin. Insulin helps your body take sugar from the blood and put it in muscle and fat where it can be used or stored. When you have diabetes, the process of changing food into energy doesn't work well. Sugar builds up in your blood. If blood sugar stays too high, it can slowly cause problems to your heart, kidneys, eyes and feet. If you have diabetes, you need to have regular tests to check your blood sugar. This test is called the A1C test.

To have excellent control of your diabetes, you must pay close attention to your diet, control your portion sizes and get regular exercise. In addition to this, your doctor may prescribe medication that you must take regularly. Some patients must check their blood sugars at home and bring a record of these to each doctor's visit to help monitor how well they are controlling blood sugars between visits.

You can work with your doctor to understand your diabetes and stay healthy. This will help you feel better and lower your chances of having heart disease or other problems due to diabetes.

If you have diabetes, make sure you get regular check-ups that include the following tests:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Blood test for A1c. This test shows the average blood sugar level for 2 to 3 months.
  • Blood test for cholesterol level. This test shows the level of cholesterol, a fat, waxy-like substance, in your blood.
  • Eye exam
  • Blood and urine tests to check how the kidneys are working


There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually is first diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not respond as it should to insulin. Both adults and children can get type 2 diabetes.

Who is at risk for diabetes?
Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Older age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes during a pregnancy. This is called gestational diabetes.
  • Higher than normal levels of blood sugar. This is called impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes.
  • Not exercising enough


Risk factors for type 1 diabetes are less clear than they are for type 2 diabetes. Family history, genetics, and problems with the body’s system for fighting infection give a higher risk for type 1 diabetes.

This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who received at least one A1C test. A higher number is better.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
To help manage your diabetes, you want to keep your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. Regular A1C tests show what your blood sugar level has been over the last three months. Your doctor will order the test and it is your responsibility to go to a lab to give a blood sample.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good health requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. Most people with diabetes need an A1C test every 3-6 months depending on how well your blood sugar is controlled. Your doctor should tell you how often you need to get this test, and you should have the test completed. Your doctor should also let you know the result and what it means for your diabetes control.

How does diabetes affect our community?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 8.6% of adults have diabetes in the Kansas City region.
  • In 2003, Kansas City (MO) hospital admissions with diabetes as the principal diagnosis resulted in 5,440 days of care provided with hospital charges over $17 million.

 

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Greater Kansas City Area Average: 90%

National Average: 88%



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 and 2012 report reflect information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
ALVAREZ CLINIC ALVAREZ CLINIC 72 84.7%
0.847
ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE 45 91.1%
0.911
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 88 86.4%
0.864
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE 33 84.8%
0.848
ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE 46 87%
0.87
BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE 54 88.9%
0.889
BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE 32 93.8%
0.938
BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 97 91.8%
0.918
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 261 89.7%
0.897
BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE 78 89.7%
0.897
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 213 85.9%
0.859
CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES 114 90.4%
0.904
CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE 85 95.3%
0.953
CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE 58 91.4%
0.914
CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE 39 92.3%
0.923
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 325 94.5%
0.945
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 634 94%
0.94
COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE 33 100%
1
CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE 54 85.2%
0.852
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 203 94.6%
0.946
CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE 102 88.2%
0.882
DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE 76 86.8%
0.868
Dr. Charles E McGrath DR. CHARLES E MCGRATH 55 87.3%
0.873
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 1526 92.1%
0.921
FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY 51 88.2%
0.882
FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE 76 89.5%
0.895
FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT 43 93%
0.93
FAMILY HEALTH GROUP FAMILY HEALTH GROUP 62 96.8%
0.968
FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP 250 92.8%
0.928
FAMILY MEDICINE FAMILY MEDICINE 102 93.1%
0.931
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES 150 91.3%
0.913
FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE 67 92.5%
0.925
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 45 97.8%
0.978
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 196 91.8%
0.918
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 165 90.9%
0.909
GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC 36 80.6%
0.806
HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE 73 94.5%
0.945
HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP 93 86%
0.86
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY 34 88.2%
0.882
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES 59 91.5%
0.915
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 65 90.8%
0.908
IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE 32 93.8%
0.938
JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP 193 94.8%
0.948
KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL 109 88.1%
0.881
KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE 287 90.9%
0.909
KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY MEDICINE AND BIOSCIENCE KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY MEDICINE AND BIOSCIENCE 32 84.4%
0.844
KU MEDWEST KU MEDWEST 69 87%
0.87
KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE 82 76.8%
0.768
KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 34 88.2%
0.882
LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER 33 93.9%
0.939
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 105 85.7%
0.857
LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC 122 83.6%
0.836
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 71 90.1%
0.901
LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS 114 90.4%
0.904
MANNING FAMILY CARE MANNING FAMILY CARE 33 90.9%
0.909
MEDICAL ARTS CENTER MEDICAL ARTS CENTER 36 91.7%
0.917
MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY 208 86.5%
0.865
MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS 39 97.4%
0.974
MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA 49 87.8%
0.878
MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE 61 82%
0.82
MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE 69 95.7%
0.957
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 193 86.5%
0.865
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 66 83.3%
0.833
NORTHLAND INTERNAL MEDICINE NORTHLAND INTERNAL MEDICINE 31 93.5%
0.935
OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC 107 90.7%
0.907
OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 52 86.5%
0.865
OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE 55 87.3%
0.873
OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS 43 97.7%
0.977
PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE 37 91.9%
0.919
POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE 55 94.5%
0.945
PROVIDENCE CARE PROVIDENCE CARE 120 94.2%
0.942
PROVIDENCE CARE LIVING WATER PROVIDENCE CARE LIVING WATER 39 89.7%
0.897
QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE 49 87.8%
0.878
REGINALD HALL MD REGINALD HALL MD 199 77.4%
0.774
ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 83 83.1%
0.831
SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE 43 90.7%
0.907
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 518 90.3%
0.903
ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE 181 96.1%
0.961
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP 30 90%
0.9
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD 51 92.2%
0.922
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT 174 79.9%
0.799
ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH 186 89.2%
0.892
STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 56 82.1%
0.821
STATLAND CLINIC STATLAND CLINIC 73 89%
0.89
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 98 85.7%
0.857
SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES 35 88.6%
0.886
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 271 86%
0.86
TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP 54 94.4%
0.944
UNITED MEDICAL GROUP UNITED MEDICAL GROUP 81 88.9%
0.889
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL 79 86.1%
0.861
WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP 77 81.8%
0.818
WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE 43 90.7%
0.907
WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP 47 83%
0.83