<P>14© 2009 AAPD All rights reserved. Managed Care Plans (PPOs, DHMOs and POSs) Employees often prefer managed care plans because the premium costs are low. These dental insurance programs require the employee to select the dental health care provider from a list of providers. The insurance carrier will pay for some fees directly and the dentist will offer special discounts to patients with this type of insurance who choose a dentist from within the speci?ed network. There are a few types of dental managed care plans: Dental Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Insurance Plans A PPO is regular indemnity insurance combined with a network of dentists under contract to the insurance company to deliver speci?ed services for set fees and according to the provisions of the contract. Contracted dentists must usually accept the maximum allowable fee as dictated by the plan, but non-contracted dentists may have fees either higher or lower than the plan allowance. Patients may be penalized by receiving a smaller bene?t when they receive services from a non-contracted dentist. Plan purchasers should consider the following when reviewing a PPO dental plan: • What percentage of the premium is used for administration? • Will the amount of the discount in?uence patients to change their dentist? • Will the amount of the discount the dentist is required to offer affect the number of treatment options for the plans covered individuals? • What is the liability for the employer if the plan in?uences provider selection or treatment? • What are the criteria for selection of providers for the plan? o Does it have enough dentists under contract to adequately serve the group? o What is the geographic distribution of patients to dentists? o Does it allow for referrals to pediatric dentists and other specialists? o Are dentists limited to referring patients to contracted specialists?</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1603/hvvyzehvw/20/20/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publications/1603/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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