What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members who were treated for depression remained on anti-depressant medication for 6 months of ongoing care following their initial treatment?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

People who are depressed can be treated with medicines called anti-depressants. Good care means checking that patients follow their doctor’s instructions about taking medicines. About half of the people who take anti-depressants do not finish all of their medicine or take it incorrectly.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Anti-depressant Medication —
Ongoing Treatment 2012 Edition

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

Anti-depressant Medication —
Ongoing Treatment

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 64%
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 57%
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Western Health Advantage 48%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 47%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 45%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 42%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 40%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 39%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 56%*