HMO

noun
\ ˌāch-(ˌ)em-ˈō \

Definition of HMO 

: an organization that provides comprehensive health care to voluntarily enrolled individuals and families in a particular geographic area by member physicians with limited referral to outside specialists and that is financed by fixed periodic payments determined in advance

called also health maintenance organization

First Known Use of HMO

1971, in the meaning defined above

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HMO

noun

Financial Definition of HMO

What It Is

A health maintenance organization (HMO) is a health insurance provider with a network of contracted healthcare providers and facilities. Subscribers pay a fee for access to services within the HMO's network.

How It Works

An HMO develops its network by contracting primary care physicians (for example, internists and family doctors), specialists (for example, cardiologists and ophthalmologists), and clinical facilities (for example, hospitals and specialty clinics). The HMO agrees to pay these parties specific levels of compensation for a range of services they provide to its subscribers.

In return for a monthly fee, or premium, subscribers are granted access to providers inside the network at no additional cost. Subscribers may access services outside the network with the HMO's approval but may need to pay for part of the services.

Why It Matters

Companies often offer healthcare benefits to employees via HMOs. HMOs are some of the most popular managed care plans that employers provide to their employees.  The premium structure of an HMO reduces healthcare costs for families and, at the same time, benefits network providers by supplying them with more patients.

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HMO

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English Language Learners Definition of HMO

: an organization that provides health care to people who make regular payments to it and who agree to use the doctors, hospitals, etc., that belong to the organization

HMO

noun
\ ˌā-(ˌ)chem-ˈō \
plural HMOs

Medical Definition of HMO 

: an organization that provides comprehensive health care to voluntarily enrolled individuals and families in a particular geographic area by member physicians with limited referral to outside specialists and that is financed by fixed periodic payments determined in advance

called also health maintenance organization

— compare ppo

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