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This is an important difference to understand. If your healthcare options include the choice between an HMO and a PPO, you will need to determine whether or not your trusted doctors participate and, if not, if you will be able to afford your share of their fee if you opt for a PPO. Some women feel the value of continuity, using a doctor they have seen for years, provides more secure diagnoses. In that case, you could pay for outside of network medical care. Be sure you know what each system offers so you can estimate your actual healthcare costs.

A health maintenance organization (HMO) and a preferred provider organization (PPO) are both managed care plans. A managed care plan is a method of paying for and providing health care for a set fee using a network of hospitals, doctors, and other health-care professionals. The managed care plan monitors (and sometimes limits) the care that its doctors provide to members. Its goal is to ensure that unnecessary and expensive services to its members are minimized.

HMOs are the most popular form of managed care. Here, all health services and financing go through one organization. Services include inpatient and outpatient care and prescription drug benefits. The HMO offers a network of hospitals and health-care professionals that its members must use. These health-care professionals are either employed by or under contract to the HMO. Members pay a monthly fee that does not change (unless, for example, the entire fee structure changes annually) regardless of the care they may need. Paper work for claiming the fee for the service is done by the provider (doctor) or by PCP.

PPOs are far less restrictive than HMOs. A PPO consists of a group of hospitals and health-care professionals who agree to provide care to members at a reduced cost. A PPO is designed to provide affordable health care while maintaining flexibility for its members, who do not have to use the services within the network but are encouraged to do so. Staying within the network means that their costs are lower. If members go outside the network, they are still covered but must pay a higher deductible and contribute a higher co-payment. The policy holder has to claim from the insurance company for reimbursement. Apart from this there are other plans in PPO:

  • Beneficial Plans - Offers you a chance to waive deductibles,
  • Beneficial Rx Plan - Same as the Beneficial Plans in waiving deductibles, and also offers lowers costs on prescriptions.
  • Preferred Plan - You can choose the medical provider, plus the monthly bill you pay on this plan is quite reasonable.
  • Traditional Plan - You can choose your own medical provider and the rate on this is not costly
  • Plus Plan - You pay a reasonable rate here and get lower out-of-pocket expenses as well.
  • Health Savings Account - You pay a high deductible, but are exempted from tax on serious health expenses.
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โˆ™ 2010-03-02 01:26:14

HMO and PPO and different health plans which vary slightly. An HMO plan will require you to see one doctor at an HMO appoved hospital. A PPO plan lets you change your doctor and specialist frequently.

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How can one explain what HMO vs PPO is?

The major difference between HMO and PPO is the fact that HMO lets individuals choose doctors within a specific network, while PPO allows patients to choose their own health care provider.

You have an hmo insurance plan in Virginia your husband spends a lot of time in New York and is not covered by your hmo if you switch to a ppo will he be covered in N.Y. and if he is will it cost more?

Yes and Yes. An HMO provides coverage for in-network providers only and a PPO plan will cover both in and out-of-network providers. That is the main difference between the plans. However PPO rates are typically higher than HMO rates. Also if using an out-of-network provider, reimbursement is almost always based on a deductible/coinsurance arrangement with the plan typically paying either 70% or 80% of the bill after the deductible has been paid by you.


Even though the HMO is the health care plan that most people have because it is the one offered by their employer, many people either overlook or do not consider the HMO's big brother, the PPO. The PPO offers much more freedom to a policyholder than does an HMO, and aside from slightly higher premiums, the services of a PPO are much more straightforward and basically outstrip an HMO in all respects. Employees should consider a PPO as a gap policy, to cover anything that an HMO does not, and to cover their family if their employer policy does not. It is simply much easier to go to doctors that you wish to go to and see specialists at any time with a PPO.

Who is the best dental insurance PPO or HMO?

PPO and HMO, both are acceptable dental insurance. PPO dental insurance allows you to concern other dentist with some limitation coverage. HMO dental insurance provides expert dentist in their network to offer best treatment. You can choose any insurance plan which suits you the best.

How do you know if insurance is hmo or ppo?

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Does oak hill hospital take humana insurance?

Yes, Oak Hill Hospital accepts Humana PPO, HMO, Medicare+Choice PPO and HMO, Humana Tricare and Humana Veteran's Healthcare Services.

Are braces cheaper with a PPO or HMO dental plan?

PPO is always better you pay more for it but it pays off as soon as you use it

What benefits come with an HMO plan?

Each HMO plan is different. Most are less flexible then PPO plans and have certain restrictions on them.

What are the advantages of POS health insurance compared to HMO and PPO?

the POS requires you to choose a PCP and he can refer to other providers outside the network. HMO designates the providers you must use. PPO provides a list of doctors in the network to choose from

Can a PPO dentist be used in an HMO plan?

No. For one, in an HMO the providers are "capitated" paid part of the premium EVERY month, whether you use their services or not.

Whats the difference between and EPO and PPO?

What is oversight code?

Does an HMO or PPO give the patient more flexibilty?

PPO - generally has a larger list of MD's and allows you to see MD's outside of the network, but at a lower payment level.

What are the differences between PPO health insurance and HMO?

PPO stands for Primary Provider Organization, which means you can see phycians "in or out of network". Out of network will always be more money out of pocket to the insured. HMO stands for Health Maintanance Organization. HMO's do not have "out of network" benefits. HMO's are much more restricting because you are limited to the physicians and facilities that may be used.

What medical screenings are Medicare recipients eligible for?

medicare does not covere preventative. you need a HMO/PPO policy or a supplement

What is difference between PPO and RPPO?

They both are one and the the same. Their full forms are: PPO= Preferred provider organization RPPO= Regional preferred provider organization

Please explain the difference between HMO and PPO medical insurance plans?

With an HMO you have a network of doctors and hospitals that you can use and anyone outside of this network will not be paid for by your insurance. All of the records are centrally located and available to anyone in the network and you choose a primary physician who then can make referrals to a specialist if needed. With a PPO, there is a preferred provider netwok however you can go outside the network with reduced amounts of coverage. It is easier to get a second opinion , switch doctors and see a specialist as you have more choices. HMO's generally cost less.

Can I live in another state from my employer for health insurance?

Yes. Depends on company rules and if it's HMO or PPO coverage.

Can you have a hmo and a ppo plan at the same time more specifically kaiser hmo through my employer and aetna ppo through my spouse's?

Technically yes, each of you will have your own primary plan and all claims for each will go through that plan first, but as secondary, the other plan will cover in areas where the hmo does not with provisions, each plan is different that way, but usually it gives more options for health care where to hmo is restrictive, you just have a lot more hoops to jump through.

What if your child's father has insurance on your child in Texas but you live in New Jersey?

AnswerIf PPO shouldn't be a problem. If HMO, then it's Emergency only.

Which is better-a ppo or an hmo healthcare plan?

The one that is better depends on your actual medical needs, and your desire for flexibility with the doctors that you see. In a HMO, you are restricted to a network of doctors, and typically there is no coverage if you go to an out of network doctor. In a PPO, you get more affordable coverage when you stay in network but you can go out of network if you have to. You still have coverage out of network in a PPO, but you pay more before the insurance pays. For these reasons, HMO's are less expensive than PPO's.

Will PPO insurance still be available after ObamaCare is implemented?

Yes. Both PPO and HMO (and other types of healthcare systems) are still fully legal. What has changed is the minimum level of coverage required for a plan, not HOW that coverage is delivered.

Is an epo medical plan a good plan vs ppo?

Based on my personal experience and extensive research, PPOs give you the most flexibility; the downside is a higher premium. I am in a PPO currently, after running into unacceptable out-of-pocket costs with an HMO.

What is the difference between an HMO and PPO?

(HMO) Health Maintenance Organization - A health care payment and delivery system involving networks of doctors and healthcare institutions. It offers consumers a comprehensive range of benefits at one annual fee (often with co- payments or deductibles that vary from service to service) but they can see only providers in the network. Physicians and other health professionals often are on salary or contract with the HMO to provide services. Patients are assigned to a primary care doctor or nurse as a "gatekeeper" who decides what health services are needed and when. (PPO) Preferred Provider Organization - A network of medical care providers that provides various medical care services to covered employees and retirees for specified fees. Although fees charged by PPO providers are usually less than those charged by non-PPO providers, the employee may seek treatment from any provider. A PPO allows you to visit a wider range of MD's on their list. Also you can visit NON-listed MD's and it will STILL pay, albeit a lower amount.

What is the average medical deductible for group insurance plans?

That is tough to answer. It really depends upon if you are talking about and HMO, PPO, or HSA (HDHP) style of plan and where you are located. The most common deductible in the northwest, where I am, is 250-500 and the most common plan types are PPO and HMO. Movement over the past few years has been toward 500 and $1000 is starting to gain tracktion.

What is pos health insurance?

POS health insurance is like a mix between a PPO plan and an HMO. A POS insurance plan has a network of providers which you must use, all centered around your chosen primary care physician.