People with heart disease are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. They can lower their risk by keeping their 'bad' cholesterol at a healthy level. That's why it's especially important for people with heart disease to get a cholesterol test. The quality scores below show how each doctor's office rated at providing this recommended care.
Learn why some doctor's offices (or medical groups) are not included in the quality scores on this page:
The office doesn't have enough doctors or primary care practitioners. An office or medical group must have at least 3 primary care professionals (doctors, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants) who provide care in order to be included.
The office didn't treat enough patients for the topic on this page. Scores are shown only if an office or medical group has treated at least 30 patients who meet requirements for that topic during the time period for reporting.
If the phrase 'Results not available' appears, it means the office did not have enough patients for one of the topics on the page, but did have enough patients for other topics on the page.
If the phrase 'Results under review' appears, it means that a doctor's office or medical group asked to have their scores be reconsidered by Partner for Quality Care because they believe the score may be inaccurate. The phrase 'Results under review' means the score is still being evaluated.
A cholesterol test is a blood test that shows whether the level of 'bad cholesterol' (LDL cholesterol) is too high for good health. Since high levels of bad cholesterol do not cause symptoms, getting the blood test is the only way to know whether bad cholesterol is too high.
This quality score tells whether people with heart disease got a cholesterol test within a 1-year period after being treated for heart attack or other heart problems.
For the quality scores on this website, 'people with heart disease' means adult patients between the ages of 18 and 75 who received certain types of heart-related treatment in a hospital during a recent 1-year period. 'Heart-related treatment' includes heart bypass surgery, treatment for heart attack or stroke, and other types of treatment. Because relatively few doctors' offices have at least 30 patients who were hospitalized for heart-related treatment during a recent 1-year period the number of doctor's offices with quality scores for this type of care is small.
For this test, what is meant by better, average, and below?
For each doctor's office, the percentage of patients with heart disease who got a cholesterol test is turned into a quality score by comparing the percentage for that doctor's office to the statewide average of 83.2%.
'Better' means 92.0% or more patients got a cholesterol test
'Average' means between 74.4% and 92.0% of patients got a cholesterol test
'Below' means 74.4% or fewer patients got a cholesterol test
How can you use this information?
If you have had a heart attack or have heart disease, be sure to talk with your doctor about whether a cholesterol test is right for you.
Note: Data is from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. The measurement period varies by measure, but in general, the data come from 2013 and 2014. Kaiser data included in these measures covers January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. This is due to a delay in data receipt and processing. It was determined that this round could be substituted because it overlaps the report period by 6 months, and Kaiser rates change minimally between Q Corp data rounds (<1%).
* Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC): Q Corp scores are based on claims data.
FQHCs use a claims process that may differ from other health plans. Q Corp is working with Oregon FQHCs to address any discrepancies.
Results for doctors' offices and medical groups may be viewed alphabetically or based on score. Unless otherwise specified, results are automatically sorted based on score, from highest to lowest. For Heart Disease and Asthma Medication, the order is based on the actual percentage that was used to place doctors' offices and groups into the categories: "Better," "Average," or "Below." This percentage is not available on the website.
When there are multiple topics on one page (such as mammogram, pap test and chlamydia test for women's health), the sort order is based on the average of the scores ("Better," "Average," or "Below") for each topic rather than the underlying percentage. For the purposes of calculating the sorting order for these topics, a "Better" score is three points, an "Average" score is two points and "Below" is one point. If "Results not available" is the score for one of the topics, that score is excluded for the purposes of sorting.
In situations where clinics or medical groups are tied on the sort order, they are listed alphabetically.