Definition of "Point-of-service (pos)"
Device that enables the health maintenance organization (HMO) to present a premium quotation to the employer that would encourage the employer to replace the current health carrier. The POS offers three options for the delivery of health care:
- traditional gatekeeper (GK) option HMO network provides the care and there is a gatekeeper director.
- open access (OA) option HMO network provides the care but there is no gatekeeper director. At the time care is required, the member selects the provider.
- out-of-network option (OON) care is permitted outside the HMO network and there is no gatekeeper director. At the time care is required, the member selects the provider.
The member has increasing payments under the OA and OON options as compared with the GK option. For example, the GK option may have a $15 physician CO PAYMENT and provide total hospital benefits. The OA option may have a $30 physician co payment with a 10% COINSURANCE requirement. The OON option may provide for a $500 DEDUCTIBLE, an 80/20 coinsurance requirement until the employee's out-of-pocket medical expenses reach $5000, and then the plan would pay all expenses up to a $750,000 lifetime maximum.
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