August 22, 1996 |
A watchdog group on Wednesday released data for businesses and consumers seeking to compare the performance of health maintenance organizations on prenatal care and other medical services. The National Committee for Quality Assurance, the nonprofit accrediting group that grades the quality of half the nation's HMOs, has packaged on a CD-ROM the performance information of 226 health plans.
September 25, 2002 |
Health-maintenance organizations that withhold poor performance ratings are distorting results of a system that compares the quality of U.S. health-care plans, researchers said. A review found that a quarter to a half of health plans that gave their scores to the National Committee for Quality Assurance in the late 1990s didn't make them public the next year. Those with the worst rankings were as much as five times more likely to withhold results the following year.
October 5, 1995 |
One of California's largest health maintenance organizations, CaliforniaCare, has received low marks in a quality review by a leading national health care accrediting group, industry sources said. CaliforniaCare, the HMO operated by WellPoint Health Networks, a Woodland Hills-based managed care firm, has appealed the decision by the Washington-based National Committee for Quality Assurance, a well-regarded accrediting group.
June 17, 2005 |
Regulators may let an industry accreditation group help monitor HMOs in California -- an idea that earns praise from some insurers but complaints from consumer activists and doctors who fear it would weaken oversight. The California Department of Managed Health Care regularly conducts surveys to determine whether health plans comply with state requirements.
October 20, 1995 |
After failing a key medical quality review, a Blue Cross of California subsidiary planned to file a lawsuit today against a well-regarded national accrediting group, claiming that the review was flawed. CaliforniaCare Health Plans, one of the state's largest health maintenance organizations, said late Thursday that it would file the civil suit against the National Committee for Quality Assurance in federal court in Washington.
June 30, 2011
Primary care doctors: An article in the June 27 Health section about the increasing number of tasks family physicians must perform stated that there are more than 100 primary care practices in the U.S. that are patient-centered medical homes, a new model for primary care. To date, 2,314 patient-centered medical homes are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a nonprofit that evaluates health delivery programs.