What Was Measured?

What percentage of adults in the HMO who have lung disease got the right medicine — called a bronchodilator — when their difficulty breathing worsened and resulted in an emergency visit or hospital stay?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

People who have lung disease typically experience increasing difficulty breathing; a sudden shortness of breath may result from a virus, pollution or even cold weather. These attacks are frightening and weaken the body’s defenses against the disease. Getting the right medications can relieve these attacks and prevent a repeat of them.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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

Treating Lung Disease 2012 Edition

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

Treating 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 90%
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 87%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 86%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 83%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 80%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 78%
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Western Health Advantage 69%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 69%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 86%*