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Heart Attack Medication — Right Away

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Heart Attack Medication — Right Away

How HMOs scored on meeting national standards of care
  • 0% (Worse)
  • (Better) 100%
PacifiCare of California 100% Horizontal bar, 100 units
Aetna Health of California Inc. 99% Horizontal bar, 99 units
CIGNA HealthCare of CA 99% Horizontal bar, 99 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 99% Horizontal bar, 99 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 99% Horizontal bar, 99 units
Blue Cross HMO - CaliforniaCare 96% Horizontal bar, 96 units
Blue Shield of California HMO 96% Horizontal bar, 96 units
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 96% Horizontal bar, 96 units
Western Health Advantage 87% Horizontal bar, 87 units

About This Rating

What Was Measured?

What percentage of HMO members who had a heart attack received beta blocker drugs after the attack to ease heart pain and help avoid a repeat heart attack or stroke?

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administative and medical 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 getting this heart medication immediately after the damage of a heart attack.