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Health Care Final 10-15-09 -   7.1.d - Cholesterol Screening

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Health Care Final 10-15-09
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7.1.d - Cholesterol Screening for Cardiovascular Conditions

How well are Washingtonians controlling chronic conditions?

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Data Notes
Data Source: NCQA HHEDIS Dataset (commercial non-Medicare) CY 2008
Measure Definition: Percentage of health plan enrollees receiving annual cholesterol screening for cardiovascular conditions in HEDIS-reporting health plans
Target Rationale: Benchmark: Regional 75th percentile score for reporting health plans
Link to Agency Strategic Plan Managing chronic conditions as indicator of overall health quality
Relevance: Cholesterol screeing is basic to preventing heart attacks and stroke.

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HCA  Rate is weighted to reflect distribution of enrollment among participating health plans
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Action Plan: yes
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 Summary Analysis

  • The percentage of enrollees in HCA-participating managed care healthplans who received annual cholesterol screening for cardiovascular conditions in CY 2008 (85.7%) matches the benchmark regional 75th percentile (85%).
  • Screening is the first step in cholesterol management (e.g. cholesterol-lowering medication), which in turn is central to reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke--respectively the first and third most common causes of death in the United States.