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NCQA Monitors PPO Quality

The National Committee for Quality Assurance, which accredits managed care plans, will soon expand its oversight role with the nation's preferred provider organizations (PPOs), a huge healthcare sector that hasn't been subjected to the same scrutiny for quality as HMOs. That's about to change with the NCQA's quality assessment initiatives that roll out this fall with a more comprehensive evaluation follow-up in mid-2000.