National Committee for Quality Assurance

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a nonprofit quality oversight and advocacy organization that improves and saves lives by bringing measurement, transparency and accountability to health care. NCQA evaluates, accredits and certifies health care organizations and professionals, including insurance plans, hospitals and physicians. Medicare, 40 state governments and two-thirds of the Fortune 500 rely on NCQA as the “gold standard” of health care quality review. Two out of five Americans-120 million people-receive care from accountable organizations that NCQA monitors. NCQA is committed to providing quality information for people who buy, use, deliver and study health care.

Consumer Reports licenses NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings and presents them in its annual comparisons of Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans.