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Capitation provides an incentive to withhold care, since every treatment comes out of the provider’s income. 

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Capitation removes the incentive to “overtreat” patients to increase income. Years of experience with capitation hasn’t found any evidence of systematic withholding of care. 

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Historically, a capitation approach has caused providers to avoid responsibility for the most costly (sicker) patients.

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Payment can be risk-adjusted to compensate providers who care for sicker, higher-cost patients.

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Capitation may cause gatekeeping around more expensive services, decreasing access to specialty care.

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Gatekeeping often encourages patients to get more appropriate primary care and prevents use of unneeded services. This just corrects the excesses of FFS.

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There is mixed evidence about whether capitation actually results in better outcomes.

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There’s little evidence that capitation makes outcomes worse. If it saves money without affecting outcomes either way, that’s great. 

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Capitation puts the economic interests of health systems at odds with the well-being of the patients they serve. 

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Capitation provides health systems with the flexibility to deliver the best and most cost-effective care. Notably, many of the nation’s best healthcare systems welcome capitation. 

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What do you think?

Does paying doctors and provider organizations a fixed budget to cover a group of patients cause them to withhold some care so they won’t lose money?

Does paying doctors and provider organizations a fixed budget to cover a group of patients cause them to withhold some care so they won’t lose money?

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