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Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) A type of health plan that contracts with medical providers, such as hospitals and doctors, to create a network of participating providers. You pay less if you use providers that belong to the plan's network.
A point of service plan, is a type of managed care health insurance plan in the United States. It combines characteristics of the health maintenance organization (HMO) and the preferred provider organization (PPO). The POS is based on a managed care foundation—lower medical costs in exchange for more limited choice.
Under an EPO plan, members are required to use hospitals and doctors within their own network. Much like a HMO plan, you cannot go outside of your plan’s network for care and you will not be covered if you choose to receive care from an out of network provider. One of the biggest advantages of an EPO plan is the lower cost. EPOs typically cost less than both HMOs and PPOs. Another major perk is that you do not have to get a referral from your primary care doctor to see a specialist.