What Was Measured?

What percentage of adults in the HMO, age 40 or older, who were newly diagnosed with lung disease got a spirometry test to see how well their lungs take in and release air?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

People who have lung disease typically experience increasing difficulty breathing and sudden shortness of breath. These attacks are frightening and weaken the body’s defenses against the disease. The spirometry test is used to determine the type of disease and to check how well the patient’s treatment is working.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Testing Lung Disease 2012 Edition

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

Testing Lung Disease

We compared HMO members' records in 2010 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 53%
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 51%
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Western Health Advantage 38%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 31%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 29%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 28%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 27%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 25%
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