Preferred provider organizations: today's models and tomorrow's prospects.

G. de Lissovoy, T. Rice, D. Ermann, J. Gabel

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Preferred provider organizations (PPOs) have recently attracted much attention as an alternative to both traditional fee-for-service medicine and health maintenance organizations. To examine their development and structure, we conducted a telephone survey with executives of more than 130 operational PPOs. We describe typical examples of the three most common types of PPOs-those sponsored by providers, insurers, and entrepreneurs-and identify problems each faces in the increasingly competitive health care environment. We then cite approaches that innovative PPOs are using to deal expressly with these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalInquiry (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)


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