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PPOs Maintain Lead Over HMOs

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NU Online News Service, Dec. 17, 2003, 4:22 p.m. EST – Preferred provider organizations appear to be increasing their lead over health maintenance organizations, according to InterStudy Publications, St. Paul, Minn.[@@]

The research firm reports that PPO penetration rates exceeded HMO penetration rates in 91% of all U.S. counties in 2002.

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PPOs are getting the majority of their growth by taking business away from HMOs, the firm says.

The firm has based its conclusions on information it collected for a new database that gives detailed, county-by-county PPO market statistics.