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Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients

Look for differences of at least four percent.

Smaller differences often are not significant

Testing Kidney Function for Diabetes Patients

How HMOs scored on meeting national standards of care
  • 0% (Worse)
  • (Better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 86% Horizontal bar, 86 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 67% Horizontal bar, 67 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 61% Horizontal bar, 61 units
PacifiCare of California 61% Horizontal bar, 61 units
CIGNA HealthCare of CA 59% Horizontal bar, 59 units
Blue Shield of California HMO 57% Horizontal bar, 57 units
Aetna Health of California Inc. 56% Horizontal bar, 56 units
Western Health Advantage 56% Horizontal bar, 56 units
Blue Cross HMO - CaliforniaCare 54% Horizontal bar, 54 units

About This Rating

What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members with diabetes had their kidneys tested to watch for signs of kidney damage?

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

Why Is It Important?

High blood sugar is harmful to the kidneys and can stop them from working. Testing your urine often is the main way to check for signs of kidney problems. Early signs alert you and your doctor to take steps to prevent your kidneys from failing.