The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says preferred provider organization and fee-for-service plans serving federal employees, retirees and dependents will have to start reporting performance information in 2007.

The plans will have to submit data on clinical quality measures relating to breast cancer screening, cholesterol testing and diabetes care, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington.

The NCQA, a leading health plan quality measurement group, put out a statement welcoming the OPM announcement.

“As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government has made a very powerful statement that every American needs good, comparable information about health care quality, regardless of the type of health plan they choose,” NCQA President Margaret O’Kane says in the statement.