November 20, 2007 / 5:39 PM / 12 years ago

UnitedHealth to adopt doctor-ranking model: Cuomo

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo arrives to attend the premiere of the film "Crazy Love" in New York, May 22, 2007. Cuomo said on Tuesday that UnitedHealth Group Inc has become the latest health insurer to adopt his model for a physician ranking program. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York attorney general said on Tuesday that UnitedHealth Group Inc has become the latest health insurer to adopt his model for a physician ranking program.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that UnitedHealth will apply the principles of the model nationwide.

WellPoint Inc, Aetna Inc and Cigna Corp are among the other health insurers that have reached agreements on doctor-ranking programs with Cuomo in recent weeks.

Among the aspects of the model, insurers will ensure that rankings for doctors are not based solely on cost and clearly identify the degree to which any ranking is based on cost, the attorney general’s office said.

Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; editing by Andre Grenon

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