Capitated Contracting Roles and Relationships

Journal of Health Care Management
Vol. 45, No. 3
May/June 2000
Bazzoli, G.J., Miller, R.M., and L.R. Burns
pp. 170-87; discussion 187-8

Capitated contracting of health providers has created substantial change in healthcare markets. This article assesses how capitation affects the roles and relationships of healthcare organizations. In-depth case studies were conducted of eight major hospital-led integrated health networks/systems and two large integrated medical groups. Types of capitated contracts employed, contract support capabilities developed, relationships among providers in the support services, and lessons learned about capitation were explored. The experiences of these organizations provide valuable guidance for health executives as they develop or refine capitated contracting strategies.

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