narrow networks

A small group of providers that have negotiated the price of medical services for a given insurance plan. A health plan within a narrow network only allows for payment of services within a relatively short list of designated providers. Due to the limited choice of...

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

A nonprofit association whose members comprise the insurance commissioners of the individual states and territories. NAIC members are elected or appointed state government officials who regulate the conduct of insurance agencies and agents. NAIC was delegated...

National Committee on Quality Assurance

An independent national organization that reviews and accredits managed care plans and measures the quality of care offered by managed care plans and other entities.

National Health Service Corps

Created in response to the health care crisis in the 1950s and 1960s, NHSC offers loan repayment and scholarships to primary care physicians and students serving in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).