Effect of health system on the association of rurality and level of disadvantage with receipt of diabetic eye screening

Despite landmark clinical studies showing that early detection and treatment can prevent 90% of blindness, receipt of diabetic eye screening remains around 50% among patients in the USA. Screening rates are even lower in underserved communities.

In this study, authors including HIP Investigators Dr. Yao Liu and Dr. Meghan Brennan used the WHIO All-Payer Claims Database to determine the effect of a patient’s health system on their likelihood of screening receipt based on primary care clinic rurality and level of disadvantage. The group also compared these results between Medicare and non-Medicare subgroups.

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