Capitation reimbursement for pediatric primary care

T. Gordon, C. DeAngelis, R. Peterson

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A feasibility analysis of capitation reimbursement for a primarily Medicaid population in The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Primary Care Clinic was conducted. The utilization of all inpatient and outpatient care of 2,261 patients was monitored for a 6-month period. As a result, per capita rates based on charges were determined for each group of patients according to type of insurance. Blue Cross and private insurance patients had capitation rates three times that of the Medicaid patients and over ten times that of the self-pay patients. This variation in utilization was attributed to the selection of enrollees, the morbidity of the population, and the varying services covered by payor group. Administrative issues regarding establishing a pediatric health maintenance organization are also discussed. Close supervision of house staff in treating patients, including admissions, length of stay, and specialty referral is of utmost importance in containing costs in this clinic setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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