What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO members with diabetes had their cholesterol level checked to find risk factors for heart disease?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records; some PPOs use patient medical records too. Plans may include information from patient charts which is often more complete and results in higher scores. Plans that decide not to include patient charts likely have lower scores.

Why Is It Important?

High blood sugar is harmful to the blood vessels. So is high cholesterol. Controlling cholesterol is an important part of controlling diabetes. Testing your cholesterol regularly is an important part of good diabetes care.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Testing Cholesterol for Diabetes Patients 2012 Edition

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

Testing Cholesterol for Diabetes Patients

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 84%
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Aetna PPO 82%
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Health Net PPO 80%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 79%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 77%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 90%*