What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members with diabetes had normal blood pressure levels?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. Having diabetes puts you at higher risk of high blood pressure because diabetes can spur hardening of the arteries.

Good care means helping you control your blood pressure below 140/90. Eating little or no salt, losing weight, and staying active are ways to prevent high blood pressure. If blood pressure is above normal there are several medications to treat it.

Compare California Scores to National Results

Click here to compare these California health plan scores to the top health plans nationwide.

Controlling Blood Pressure For Diabetes Patients 2011 Edition

Look for differences of at least 4%. Smaller differences usually are not significant.

Controlling Blood Pressure For Diabetes Patients

We compared HMO members' records in 2009 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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  • (Better)
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 83%
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 80%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 70%
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Western Health Advantage 70%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 68%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 67%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 66%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 62%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 88%*
*see page 3 for more information