Diabetes Testing and Control
What are we tracking and why?
We track the percentage of 18 to 75 year old patients with diabetes who had at least one Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test during the past 12 months. Timely HbA1c testing can significantly reduce complications and improve quality of life.
Each patient with diabetes has an individualized HbA1c target number that is usually 8 or lower. If an HbA1c result is higher than a patient’s target number, a change in that patient’s treatment plan may be recommended.
In addition to how often our patients have the HbA1c test, we want to know how well they are doing at managing, or controlling, their diabetes. To do this, we calculate the percentage of patients whose most recent HbA1c values were less than 8.
How are we doing?
What are we doing to improve?
- At primary care visits, we review medical records to determine if patients are due for an HbA1c test.
- We provide access to dedicated diabetes care specialists, including Clinical Pharmacists, within our Primary Care Medical Home.
- Diabetes education classes are available to patients with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.
- We provide education for our providers on diabetes guidelines and promote the resources that are available at our facility.
What can you do?
If you have diabetes, or are concerned that you may have diabetes, talk to your doctor. He or she can ensure you are screened and/or tested regularly, and help you better control your blood sugar level.
Complete blood tests and other exams as directed by your doctor.
If you have an HbA1c test at a civilian facility, provide a copy of your results to your doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Take advantage of our basic diabetes class for patients with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. We offer a four-hour class providing introductory information on what goes on in the body of a patient with diabetes, short-term and long-term complications of the disease, medication options, mental and environmental health aspects, physical activity, glucometer training, and health maintenance. The class is offered every other Tuesday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Call us at (301) 295-3037 to register.
Keep learning about diabetes. With more knowledge, you can gain better control of your condition.