What Was Measured?

What percentage of children in the PPO, ages 2-18, who were diagnosed with pharyngitis (throat infection) and given an antibiotic medication, were tested for strep throat?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

A child who has a throat infection should be tested for strep throat before being treated. A throat culture is the test that tells the doctor whether or not your child has a strep infection and whether or not to prescribe antibiotics. Without the test, your child may be given an antibiotic when it is not needed. Good care means making sure children are tested for a strep infection before they are given antibiotics.

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Treating Children with Throat Infections 2012 Edition

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

Treating Children with Throat Infections

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 67%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 63%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 61%
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Aetna PPO 59%
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Health Net PPO 59%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 89%*