PPO Ratings - Controlling Blood Pressure For Diabetes Patients    PPO Ratings Diabetes Care

Controlling Blood Pressure For Diabetes Patients 2017-18 Edition

Why is it important to control blood pressure if you have diabetes?

Diabetes increases your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and it can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.

How should doctors help control blood pressure?

Doctors should work with you to control your blood pressure. The doctor can help in many ways. They can help you plan to eat food with little or no salt, maintain a healthy weight, stay physically active and stop smoking. Blood pressure for diabetics is normal when it is below 140/90. If your blood pressure is above normal, the doctor can also order medicine that will help lower it.

Talk with your doctor and health plan to find out about what other services are available. Many health plans offer additional support and resources for patients with diabetes who want to better control their blood pressure. These additional services may be educational materials (online and in print), classes or support groups, home blood pressure monitoring, or phone counseling.

What do the scores mean?

The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure patients with diabetes had blood pressure levels below 140/90, which indicates good control. The higher score means more patients got the right care at the right time.

The scores are based on information from at least 30 health plan member administrative records in 2016. Some plans also use patient medical records which are often more complete and result in higher scores. Plans that decide not to use medical records are likely to have lower scores.

When comparing plans, small differences between scores are expected. The larger differences are important.

Controlling Blood Pressure For Diabetes Patients

Health Net Life Insurance Company - PPO 65% Horizontal bar, 65.0 units  
Anthem Blue Cross PPO 64% Horizontal bar, 64.0 units  
UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. - PPO 62% Horizontal bar, 62.0 units  
Aetna PPO 50% Horizontal bar, 50.0 units  
Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 44% Horizontal bar, 44.0 units  
Cigna PPO 42% Horizontal bar, 42.0 units  
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  Score for top health plans nationwide 76% Score that ranks a health plan in the top 10% of all commercial health plans in the US.  
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