Group accredits first PPO. The National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, has accredited its first PPO, 725,000-member the Medical Mutual of Ohio, Cleveland. The NCQA certifies HMOs and point-of-service organizations and began accrediting PPOs last August.
Patients may get right to sue. Delaware has become the latest state to consider giving patients the right to sue their HMOs for denials of care, as the state's new Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner made a far-reaching patients' bill of rights her first piece of legislation since taking office. Minner was elected after campaigning on healthcare themes. If signed into law, the bill would make Delaware the 40th state to enter the controversial territory of patients' rights.
MSA option in works. A Rhode Island town is developing a plan to offer optional medical savings accounts to town employees, possibly becoming a guinea pig for the state. The town council of Scituate, a Providence suburb with a population of 10,000, has formed a committee to map out an MSA option that would be available first to town workers and then to local businesses and individuals.
Trigon chooses president. Trigon Healthcare, Richmond, Va., has named John Coyle as its president and chief operating officer. Coyle, who is expected to join the managed-care company next month, will fill a post left vacant since April 1999, when Tom Snead was promoted to chief executive officer. Coyle was Aetna's head of business operations.