What Was Measured?

What percentage of adults in the PPO, age 40 or older, 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 PPO 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

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Treating Lung Disease 2012 Edition

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

Treating Lung Disease

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
  • (Better)
Health Net PPO 84%
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Aetna PPO 82%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 78%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 76%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 66%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 86%*