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Testing for Cause of Back Pain

Look for differences of at least four percent.

Smaller differences often are not significant

Testing for Cause of Back Pain

How HMOs scored on meeting national standards of care
  • 0% (Worse)
  • (Better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 82% Horizontal bar, 82 units
Western Health Advantage 82% Horizontal bar, 82 units
Aetna Health of California Inc. 80% Horizontal bar, 80 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 80% Horizontal bar, 80 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 80% Horizontal bar, 80 units
Blue Cross HMO - CaliforniaCare 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units
Blue Shield of California HMO 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units
CIGNA HealthCare of CA 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units
PacifiCare of California 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units

About This Rating

What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members, with low back pain, got an evaluation for the condition that met recommended standards for use of high cost x-ray services.

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

Millions of people suffer from low back pain. Although low back pain can limit your activities, the symptoms usually get better within a month. Unless you have clear signs of a spinal problem, typically you do not need to have costly tests like an MRI or a CT scan, or even x-rays.