What Was Measured?

What percentage of PPO members had their cholesterol level checked after a heart attack, heart surgery or for their cardiovascular disease?

These results are based on PPO patient administrative records; some PPOs use patient medical records too. Plans may include information from patient charts which is often more complete and results in higher scores. Plans that decide not to include patient charts likely have lower scores.

Why Is It Important?

Persons with heart disease should have their cholesterol levels tested regularly as a step to avoid a repeat heart attack, a stroke or death.

Compare California Scores to National Results

Click here to compare these California health plan scores to the top health plans nationwide.

Testing Cholesterol 2012 Edition

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

Testing Cholesterol

We compared PPOs’ care for members in 2010 using national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
  • (Better)
Aetna PPO 91%
Horizontal bar, 91 units
Health Net PPO 89%
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Anthem Blue Cross PPO 85%
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UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co., Inc. 83%
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Blue Shield of California/Blue Shield Life PPO 77%
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Score for top health plans nationwide 93%*