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Giving Lab Tests for Patients Taking Medications for a Long Time 2017-18 Edition

Why are lab tests important if you are taking medications for a long time?

If you have been taking the same medications for a long time, you are at higher risk of harmful side effects or other problems from your medications. It is important for doctors to do regular lab tests to make sure your medications are not causing problems.

What should doctors test for if you are taking medications for a long time?

Your doctor should check to make sure there are no harmful side effects or problems due to taking long-term medications. Doctors should test your blood to check the drug levels in your body and to make sure that your medications are not causing any problems. Long-term drugs include medicines to help with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and mental health.

What do the scores mean?

The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure that patients who were prescribed medications long-term were tested to check that the ongoing use of the drug was not harming them. 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.

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

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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 81% Horizontal bar, 81 units  
Cigna PPO 80% Horizontal bar, 80 units  
Health Net Life Insurance Company - PPO 80% Horizontal bar, 80 units  
Aetna PPO 79% Horizontal bar, 79 units  
UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. - PPO 79% Horizontal bar, 79 units  
Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units  
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  Score for top health plans nationwide 87% Score that ranks a health plan in the top 10% of all commercial health plans in the US.  
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