In June 2006, Aetna began providing consumers with online access to the rates it negotiates with physicians in several U.S. cities. In August 2006, Aetna posted new information that will allow its members in some areas to access price data for the top 30 physician services, as well as physician performance data.
Cigna posts cost and quality data for inpatient services performed at hospitals, as well as outpatient procedures performed at stand-alone surgical centers. The website includes cost and quality information for 21 inpatient, 16 outpatient and 3 medical imaging services performed by specific health care facilities (this information is currently for Cigna members only). Cigna hopes to have cost and quality information available for individual physicians by 2008.