What Was Measured?

What percentage of women, ages 55-79, and men, ages 45-79, in the HMO, who have cardiovascular risks, had their doctor or another provider talk with them about the pros and cons of taking aspirin as part of their heart care.

These results are based on a survey of a sample of HMO members.

Why Is It Important?

Aspirin use is an easy and low cost way to help avoid two of the deadliest conditions – heart attacks and strokes. The doctor should talk with patients who have heart problems about the benefits of using aspirin and also about the possible harm as regular aspirin use can have side effects like internal bleeding.

Compare California Scores to National Results

No nationwide results are available for this measure.

Aspirin Use Counseling 2012 Edition

Look for differences of at least 4%. Smaller differences usually are not significant.

Aspirin Use Counseling

We compared HMO members' records in 2010 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
  • (Better)
Health Net of California, Inc. 51% Horizontal bar, 51 units
Western Health Advantage 47% Horizontal bar, 47 units
CIGNA HMO 45% Horizontal bar, 45 units
UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 44% Horizontal bar, 44 units
Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 41% Horizontal bar, 41 units
Blue Shield of California - HMO 41% Horizontal bar, 41 units
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 41% Horizontal bar, 41 units
Aetna Health of California, Inc. 40% Horizontal bar, 40 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 35% Horizontal bar, 35 units