What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO adult members, who have acute bronchitis, were not given an antibiotic — medicines that often don’t work for these short-term bronchial inflammations?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

Antibiotic medications often are not useful in treating acute bronchitis – an inflammation in the lungs due to infection, smoking or allergies. Typically the cough, mucus and other signs of bronchitis end within two weeks without antibiotics and patients can avoid the side-effects of these drugs. The overuse of antibiotics also can reduce the effectiveness of these medications and make them less helpful in fighting harmful bacteria.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Treating Bronchitis: Getting the Right Care 2012 Edition

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

Treating Bronchitis: Getting the Right Care

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 34%
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Aetna PPO 26%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 24%
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Health Net PPO 23%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 23%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 28%*