What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members with diabetes had well-controlled blood sugar levels — hemoglobin A1c level of less than 8?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

High blood sugar is harmful to your body. Controlling your blood sugar helps you avoid serious health problems like blindness and heart disease. Good care means that you get help to control your blood sugar level by: planning proper meals, exercising, testing your blood sugar at home and taking your medicine.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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

Controlling Blood Sugar for Diabetes Patients 2011 Edition

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

Controlling Blood Sugar for Diabetes Patients

We compared HMO members' records in 2009 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
  • (Better)
Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 70%
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 69%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 68%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 65%
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Western Health Advantage 64%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 64%
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 63%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 57%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 70%*
*see page 3 for more information