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Treating Arthritis With Medications 2017-18 Edition

Why is it important to take medication if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that leads to swelling and damage of the joints and surrounding tissues. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, taking medicines for your arthritis can slow down the joint damage and help you continue your day to day activities. A key part of treatment is anti-rheumatic medication.

How should doctors treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Your doctor should work with you to decide the best kind of medications for you. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor should prescribe a medication called a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug. These medications reduce flare-ups of the disease and can prevent further damage to your joints.

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 rheumatoid arthritis. These additional services may be educational materials (online and in print), classes or support groups, or phone counseling.

What do the scores mean?

The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure that patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, got a prescription for an anti-rheumatic drug. 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.

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

Treating Arthritis With Medications

Aetna PPO 86% Horizontal bar, 86 units  
Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 86% Horizontal bar, 86 units  
Anthem Blue Cross PPO 85% Horizontal bar, 85 units  
Cigna PPO 85% Horizontal bar, 85 units  
UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. - PPO 85% Horizontal bar, 85 units  
Health Net Life Insurance Company - PPO 84% Horizontal bar, 84 units  
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