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Factors Influencing NCQA Accreditation Decisions of HMOs


  • Stephan Gohmann



This paper describes how National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation of a managed care plan can be used as a signal of plan quality. A model is then developed examining the factors affecting the probability that a plan will be accredited. Larger and older plans are more likely to be accredited. For-profit plans are also more likely to be accredited. Competition in the marketplace from other accredited plans increases the probability of a plan being accredited. The results indicate that plans that have lower costs of accrediting as proxied by size and age are more likely to be accredited. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Stephan Gohmann, 2006. "Factors Influencing NCQA Accreditation Decisions of HMOs," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 34(2), pages 209-217, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:34:y:2006:i:2:p:209-217
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-006-9007-0

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