Service utilization patterns as determinants of capitation rates.

  title={Service utilization patterns as determinants of capitation rates.},
  author={Martin E. Smith and P Loftus-Rueckheim},
  journal={Hospital & community psychiatry},
  volume={44 1},
OBJECTIVE In a capitation payment system, the ability to project service requirements and cost is critical. The types and levels of services needed by persons with serious mental illness vary. The purpose of this study was to identify different patterns of service utilization and patient characteristics and costs associated with them. METHODS Service use by 55 clients participating in a psychosocial-habilitation outpatient program at a hospital-based community mental health center was tracked… CONTINUE READING

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