What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO members who were hospitalized for a heart attack continued to receive beta blocker drugs, for the six months following the heart attack, to ease heart pain and help avoid a repeat attack or stroke?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

Anyone who has had a heart attack is at a higher risk of having another heart attack or a stroke. Medicines called beta-blockers help prevent a repeat heart attack or stroke. These drugs ease how hard the heart has to work — one mark of good care is seeing that patients continue to use this heart medication for a period of time after the damage of a heart attack.

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Heart Attack Medication 2012 Edition

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

Heart Attack Medication

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 70%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 68%
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Aetna PPO 67%
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Health Net PPO 65%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 62%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 85%*