Cigna HealthCare has earned full accreditation for its preferred provider organization plans nationwide from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

As health care delivery in the US becomes more consumer-focused, health plan members and employers alike are seeking information that helps them compare the performance of health plans. While this comparative information is increasingly available for health maintenance organization-type plans, information on the performance of preferred provider organization (PPO)-type plans has lagged behind.

To help close this information gap and be responsive to the needs of health care consumers, Cigna has voluntarily sought accreditation for its PPO and Open Access Plus plans from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Jeff Kang, chief medical officer of Cigna, said: NCQA accreditation is powerful evidence that Cigna is committed to improving the health and well-being of all of our members, regardless of which type of health benefits plan they have.