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MedlinePlus: Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol, HDL, LDL, statins, transfats, meals and nutrition, hyperlipidemia, what consumers need to know, good cholesterol, lifestyle changes

Trans Fat Now Listed on Nutrition Facts Label

Everything you will want to know about Trans Fat - including What It Is, how it raises your LDL (bad) cholesterol, the labeling law effective January 1, 2006, where to find trans fat information on the food label, and more. Check out the references to partially hydrogenated oils. Brought to you by the FDA.

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California Health Insurance Ratings, 2011 CCHRI Report (pdf)

Compare HMO and PPO health insurance plan ratings: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente North, Kaiser Permanente S. Cal. United and Western. Clinical performance (HEDIS measures) for prenatal maternity care, child illnesses & immunizations, asthma, diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, cholesterol management, cancer screening, back pain, osteoporosis, drug treatment, behavioral health care and more. Prepared by CCHRI (California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative), a group of employers, health plans, and health care providers across CA

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2010-2011

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS), NCQA accreditation and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, CIGNA, Denver Health, HMO-Colorado (Anthem Blue Cross BlueShield), Humana, Kaiser Permanente, PacifiCare, Rocky Mountain, and United Healthcare. Sample prices for knee MRI & Back CT are shown. Click on smaller report. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2011

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2011

Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, BluePreferred PPO, CIGNA, Connecticut General, Coventry, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice OCI and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, and HEDIS measures such as immunizations, children's health, cancer screening, flu shots, heart and diabetes care, ADHD & mental health behavioral care, and more. 2011 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission, released January 2012

Minnesota: How Much Does It Cost? (word doc)

Short document from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, 2005, displays average charges (from 2003) for nearly 50 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, having a baby, and some prescription drugs), using Minnesota data. An interesting comparison is the cost for the same problem (e.g. sore throat or ear ache), depending on whether the patient seeks office care, urgent care or ER care. This report adds together charges from both the hospital and the physician - not commonly seen in reports of charges. In a time when price data are so difficult to get, this report earns an Editor's Pick as a starting point. After all, did you know that stepping on a rusty nail could cost over $1000, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2000 question? (And this was BEFORE 15 years of steady price increases!)

Most Influential Doctors in Twelve Specialties (USA Today)

Lists of about 8800 physicians across 300 metro areas, with 3 to 5 doctors (each) shown for alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breast cancer, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis and arthritis medical care. Created by the private firm Qforma, with USA Today newspaper. A little unclear how those listed were selected from the full 30% of specialists nationwide would otherwise qualify to be on the list. Influential related to patient volumes and implied referrals from other doctors. No details of credentials. Qforma sells the full list to corporate clients. Published October 2010

New Jersey 2011 HMO Performance Report - Compare plans

Compare five health insurance plans (HMO and POS): Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, and Oxford, on quality ratings related to asthma, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, mammograms, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; more. Easy to read; fast response. Member satisfaction is no longer included. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, Oct. 2011

New York and New Jersey 2010 HMO and Hospital Report Card (nyshaf.org)  Editor's Pick

Compare cost and quality ratings for HMOs such as Aetna, AmeriHealth, Anthem BCBS, Blue Choice, CDPHP, CIGNA, Community, Empire, GHI, Health Net, HIP, Independent, MVP, Oxford, & Preferred Care, side-by-side in NY and NJ, for diabetes, asthma, postpartum care, some cancer care, mental health, antibiotic use for children, low back pain care, Board-certified physicians, monthly health insurance premiums, overall patient satisfaction experience & more. Hospital quality comparisons on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infections also provided for NY hospitals. Inpatient volumes, average length of stay and average price (charges) provided for appendectomy, asthma, maternity (incl. newborn & c-section delivery), chest pain, depressive neuroses, diabetes, gall bladder surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, hysterectomy, stroke, cardiac procedures, pneumonia, and COPD. Some survival ratings. Impressive list of measures, too numerous to mention. Health Care Report Card prepared by the NYS Health Accountability Foundation - a partnership of the NY Business Group on Health and IPRO (the QIO). Dates of data vary; HMO premiums are supposed to be current to the month

New York State HMO Comparisons (Ratings & Cost Premiums)  Editor's Pick

Compare about 20 HMO health insurance plans in NY: Aetna, Atlantis, Blue Choice, BSNENY, CDPHP, CIGNA, Community Blue (HealthNow), Empire HealthChoice, Excellus, GHI HMO Select, Health Net, HIP, IHA Independent Health, MVP, Oxford, Preferred Care Rochester Area HMO, UnitedHealthcare, Univera, Upstate. Topics include member satisfaction opinions, attention deficit medication, BMI screening for kids, breast cancer screening, bronchitis care, cholesterol control, Board certified doctors, complaint volume & more. Monthly 2009 premium rates for individual plans (consumers will be hard-pressed to find a plan under $800/month single). Prepared by the state of New York using 2006 member data (nysHMOguide.org)

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2011 (OPIC)

Lengthy (223 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Jan. 2012

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Health Insurance Plan Ratings

Compare Dean, Gundersen Lutheran, Mercy, Physicians Plus, Security and Unity Health Plan, on 17 quality and satisfaction ratings (CAHPS & HEDIS measures). Includes Diabetes, Heart Care, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Patient Satisfaction with their doctor and health insurance plan. Shows 2009 data, one measure at a time. Report by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Physician Group Ratings  Editor's Pick

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to Appointment availability (time to schedule a doctor's appt.), Diabetes, heart care, Hypertension, Cholesterol management, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, patient satisfaction with clinics, and screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer. Includes Affinity, Aurora, Bellin, Columbia St. Mary's, Dean, Franciscan Skemp, Gundersen Clinic, Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic, Medical College Physicians, Mercy, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan. Some info for Monroe Clinic, West Bend, and LakeShore Medical. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality; 2009 and 2010 data

Wisconsin Health Reports.org - Compare Medical Group Ratings

Compare the care provided by physicians and doctors in about 20 medical clinics across WI. Medical group ratings are shown for diabetes care, kidney function testing, heart care, cholesterol testing, blood pressure control, smoking advice to patients. Easy to read language; must be able to use a drop-down menu. Aurora, Bellin, Dean, Gundersen Lutheran, Mayo, Marshfield Clinic, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW and others. Sponsored by WCHQ Collaborative, WI Hospital Assn, and WI Medical Society; 2009-2010 data

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