Doctors should regularly order the "A1c" blood test for you. The A1c test measures your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months. Your doctor could also teach you how to check your blood sugar at home using a small meter.
Talk with your doctor and health plan to find out about what other services are available. Many health plans offer additional support and resources for patients with diabetes. These additional services may be educational materials (online and in print), classes or support groups, home blood sugar testing, or phone counseling.
The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure patients with diabetes had an A1c blood sugar test. The higher score means more patients got the right care at the right time.
The scores are based on information from PPO member administrative records in 2012. Some plans also use patient medical records which are often more complete and result in higher scores. Plans that decide not to use medical records are likely to have lower scores.