How did you choose your tailor or hairdresser? Chances are you selected them because they ask questions, got to know your needs, and your style. You probably stick with them because you like the outcome and feel you are receiving a valuable service for your money.
Your health is paramount and you should shop for healthcare more diligently than other services. A good health provider also asks questions, gets to know you, and provides value for the state's and your money.
The National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has devised measures to assist consumers with shopping for healthcare, and for evaluating HMOs specifically. One of their Year 2000 measurements pertains to cholesterol. Does your current provider meet this recommended criterion?
Consumers over age 20 should have their cholesterol level screened. Cholesterol is used to classify your risk for cardiovascular disease. There are two types of cholesterol: High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), and Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Desirable HDL levels fall in the 60 mg/dl range. Desirable LDL levels are below 130 mg/dl. When levels are above this level, your physician should begin regular monitoring, or intervention measures, depending on the reading.
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.