The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released its 2016-2017 Health Insurance Plan Ratings. In a new agreement with WebMD, WebMD will begin publishing the ratings on its flagship consumer website, WebMD.com, this month, in an effort to make health plan information more accessible to wider audiences. Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017 uses the same Ratings methodology from 2015, which classifies plans into scores from 0-5 in 0.5 increments–-a system similar to CMS’ Five-Star Quality Rating System.
NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings compare the quality and services of more than 1,000 health plans that collectively cover 138 million people—over 43% of the US population. These ratings provide consumers with information concerning how health insurance plans perform in the key quality areas of consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. WebMD is the leading provider of health information services and tools, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans.