What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members with diabetes had their kidneys tested to watch for signs of kidney damage?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

High blood sugar is harmful to the kidneys and can stop them from working. Testing your urine often is the main way to check for signs of kidney problems. Early signs alert you and your doctor to take steps to prevent your kidneys from failing.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients 2011 Edition

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

Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients

We compared HMO members' records in 2009 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 98%
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 91%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 87%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 86%
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Western Health Advantage 86%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 85%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 84%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 84%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 89%*
*see page 3 for more information