Capitation payment rates and implications for the general pediatrician

Gerard F. Anderson, Joshua H. Bilenker

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Abstract

Many pediatricians are beginning to sign capitated contracts that require them to provide services to children on an annual basis for a predetermined price. However, not all children have the same expected cost. Children with chronic illnesses, for example, are much more likely to incur higher costs than their healthy peers. This article summarizes the recent literature on payment systems that have been developed to establish capitated rates. It also summarizes other methods for reducing the risk that pediatricians face when they accept capitated payments. Finally, it discusses physicians' perceptions of how capitation affects their practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-485
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in pediatrics
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 23 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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