Point-of-Service Plan (POS)

Managed care plan which specifies that those patients who go outside of the plan for services may pay more out of pocket expenses. A health insurance benefits program in which subscribers can select between different delivery systems (i.e., HMO, PPO and fee-for-service) when in need of health care services and at the time of accessing the services, rather than making the selection between delivery systems at time of open enrollment at place of employment. Typically, the costs associated with receiving care from the “in network” or approved providers are less than when care is rendered by non-contracting providers. Or the costs are less if provided by approved providers in either the HMO or PPO rather than “out of network” or “out of plan” providers. This is a method of influencing patients to use certain providers without restricting their freedom of choice too severely.