Partially capitated managed care versus FFS for special needs children

Cynthia R. Schuster, Jean M. Mitchell, Darrell J. Gaskin

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Little research has examined whether Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs) that incorporate case management are effective in coordinating services for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). This study evaluates the effects of enrollment of special needs children into a partially capitated MCP (with ongoing case management) versus the fee-for-service (FFS) option on use of therapeutic services, specifically speech, occupational, and physical therapy by site of service (school versus health care sector). Results show that special needs children enrolled in the partially capitated MCP are significantly more likely to obtain occupational and physical therapy at school relative to their FFS counterparts. Moreover, children enrolled in FFS are significantly less likely to be either regular or frequent users of each type of therapy relative to children enrolled in managed care. We attribute much of these disparities in use of therapeutic services at school to the availability of case management and coordination that is an integral component of the partially capitated MCP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care Financing Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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