What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO members with diabetes had their kidneys tested to watch for signs of kidney damage?

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 kidneys and can stop them from working. Testing your urine often is the main way to check for signs of kidney problems. Early signs alert you and your doctor to take steps to prevent your kidneys from failing.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients 2012 Edition

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

Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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Health Net PPO 80%
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Aetna PPO 80%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 79%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 74%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 71%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 89%*