What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO members who were treated for depression remained on anti-depressant medication for 6 months of ongoing care following their initial treatment?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

People who are depressed can be treated with medicines called anti-depressants. Good care means checking that patients follow their doctor’s instructions about taking medicines. About half of the people who take anti-depressants do not finish all of their medicine or take it incorrectly.

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Anti-depressant Medication —
Ongoing Treatment 2012 Edition

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

Anti-depressant Medication —
Ongoing Treatment

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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  • (Better)
Health Net PPO 52%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 50%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 48%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 46%
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Aetna PPO 45%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 56%*