What Was Measured?

What percentage of adults, who are prescribed medications long-term, are tested to check that the ongoing use of the drug is not harming the patient?

These results are based on HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

Patients on medications long-term are at higher risk for health problems from the drugs like harmful side-effects or damage due to improper doses. Periodic lab tests are used to check the drug levels in the body and for other signs that a patient’s health is threatened.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Checking Patients on Long-Term Medications 2012 Edition

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

Checking Patients on Long-Term Medications

We compared HMO members' records in 2010 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 89%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 80%
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Western Health Advantage 78%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 78%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 78%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 78%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 76%
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 75%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 85%*