Starting in 2009, California will issue report cards for PPOs, rating them on preventive care, treatment of chronic conditions, patient satisfaction and other areas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The state already issues report cards to rate HMO service. California's largest insurers offering PPO plans -- Aetna Inc., Blue Shield of California, Cigna Corp., WellPoint Inc., Health Net Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. -- will voluntarily provide data for the ratings, the article states. This could mean increased PR efforts from the healthcare and insurance industry:
"These report cards will improve the quality of health care in California because the report cards will shine a spotlight on best practices. When you shine a spotlight on these things, doctors and insurance company executives will work to improve their grades," state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said at a news conference.