The NCQA Accreditation Process: Do HMOs Serving Rural Areas Apply for and Obtain Accreditation? UMN RHRC Working Paper #26.

Publication Date: December 1st, 1998
Publication Type(s): Working Paper
Author(s): Casey, M., Brasure, M.

This paper is the first in a series of three papers that explore the relationship between accreditation and HMOs serving rural areas. This study addresses two research questions:

  1. whether HMOs serving rural populations are as likely to seek National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation as HMOs that primarily serve urban populations, controlling for the effect of HMO organizational and market area characteristics, and
  2. whether HMOs serving rural populations are as likely as plans primarily serving urban populations to achieve full accreditation, again controlling for HMO characteristics.


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