An organized way to manage costs, use, and quality of the health care system. The major types of managed care plans are health maintenance organizations (HMOs), point-of-service (POS) plans and preferred provider organizations (PPO).
Managed care generally emphasizes cost control and may provide coverage for preventive medicine. There are restrictions on the types of procedures that can be used for each medical condition. The amounts that can be charged for the procedures are described by the terms and conditions of the plan.
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