What Was Measured?

What percentage of adults in the PPO, 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 PPO 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.

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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 PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
  • (Better)
Anthem Blue Cross PPO 38%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 37%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 36%
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Health Net PPO 36%
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Aetna PPO 33%
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