The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is poised to deem a third organization as a recognized accreditation entity to certify qualified health plans as eligible to market their coverage on health insurance exchanges.

CMS previously recognized NCQA and URAC as accrediting entities for qualified health plans. Now, it has concluded that the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which already accredits ambulatory surgery centers and has approval to accredit Medicare Advantage plans, also is an appropriate entity to accredit qualified health plans under the HIX program.

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