The full report on Aetna's compliance is available at http://nyrxreport.ncqa.org
Aetna Inc.'s physician-rating program recently received a passing grade from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The evaluation was conducted under a 2007 agreement between Aetna and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to address allegations that health plans were using physician-rating programs to steer members to less expensive providers.
To date, seven state, regional, and national insurers have signed on to the agreement and pledged not to base their physician rankings entirely on cost. The health plans have also agreed to involve physicians in measure development and to allow physicians to review their performance data and request changes.
In the most recent evaluation, NCQA reviewed the compliance efforts of Aetna Health Inc., an HMO-point of service plan, and Aetna Life Insurance Co., a preferred-provider organization, both operating in New York. The plans were found to be in full compliance with the eight requirements reviewed by NCQA.
NCQA published reviews of CIGNA Healthcare of New York, an HMO, and Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, a PPO, in July. The organization is currently reviewing United Healthcare's physician-rating program.