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What Was Measured?

The percentage of children in the health plan, ages 2-18, who have pharyngitis (throat infection) and were given an antibiotic medication, were tested for strep throat.

Why Is It Important?

A child who has a throat infection should be tested for strep throat before being treated. A throat culture is the test that tells the doctor whether or not your child has a strep infection and whether or not to prescribe antibiotics. Without the test, your child may be given an antibiotic when it is not needed. Good care means making sure children are tested for a strep infection before they are given antibiotics.

Treating Children with Throat Infections

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

Treating Children with Throat Infections

We compared Healthy Families Program members' records to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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  • (Better)
    100%
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 92% Horizontal bar, 92 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 90% Horizontal bar, 90 units
Health Plan of San Joaquin 59% Horizontal bar, 59 units
Community Health Group 56% Horizontal bar, 56 units
Ventura County Healthcare Plan 50% Horizontal bar, 50 units
Blue Shield of California - EPO 48% Horizontal bar, 48 units
Central California Alliance for Health 43% Horizontal bar, 43 units
Health Plan of San Mateo 42% Horizontal bar, 42 units
CenCal Health 39% Horizontal bar, 39 units
Anthem Blue Cross - EPO 34% Horizontal bar, 34 units
Alameda Alliance for Health 34% Horizontal bar, 34 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 30% Horizontal bar, 30 units
Blue Shield of California - HMO 29% Horizontal bar, 29 units
Molina Healthcare 29% Horizontal bar, 29 units
Santa Clara Family Health Plan 27% Horizontal bar, 27 units
Contra Costa Health Plan 24% Horizontal bar, 24 units
San Francisco Health Plan 23% Horizontal bar, 23 units
Inland Empire Health Plan 22% Horizontal bar, 22 units
Kern Family Health Care 20% Horizontal bar, 20 units
Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 18% Horizontal bar, 18 units
CalOptima 18% Horizontal bar, 18 units
Community Health Plan 12% Horizontal bar, 12 units
L.A. Care Health Plan 9% Horizontal bar, 9 units
Care 1st Health Plan 6% Horizontal bar, 6 units
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