National Committee for Quality Assurance


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National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

a U.S. independent nonprofit accrediting body for managed health care organizations. Its focus is on improving quality of care in the managed care industry by assessing compliance of health plans to NCQA-developed standards for quality improvement, utilization management, credentialing processes, member rights and responsibilities, preventive services, and record management.

National Committee for Quality Assurance

Medical practice A private, not-for-profit organization which has become the leading accreditor of managed care plans; in site visits, NCQA reviewers evaluate a managed care plan in terms of quality management, physicians' credentials, members' rights and responsibilities, preventive health services, utilization management, medical records. See HEDIS, Managed care. Cf JCAHO.

Na·tion·al Com·mit·tee for Qual·i·ty As·su·rance

(NCQA) (nash'ŏ-năl kŏ-mit'ē kwahl'i-tē ă-shŭr'ăns)
A U.S. national independent nonprofit organization that accredits managed care plans and measures their quality of care.
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