ERIC Number: ED268360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Fees for Services: Principles and Practices among State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and Facilities. Research Report.
Thomas, Dale F.
A study examined current practices in purchasing nonmedical, vocational rehabilitation (VR) services from public and private VR facilities. Questionnaires were mailed to the 83 State VR agencies. The majority of the 57 respondents used the individual authorization without a contract or written agreement as a primary method of obtaining facility-based services. Most of these agencies offered no assurance with this type of method. Most State agencies indicated satisfaction with the type of service arrangements being used. The most popular method of determining a rate for services involved a facility-specific rate. Purchasing a unit of time was the most popular way of quantifying services purchased. Most agencies allowed facilities to renegotiate costs associated with providing a service to the State agency after the terms of the service arrangement were agreed upon. Half the general agencies felt that a uniform nationwide system to determine costs associated with facility-based services should be established, whereas most of the agencies serving blind clients did not see a need for such a policy. (Appendixes to this report include the survey form, the survey followup letter, additional descriptive statistics, VR case status definitions, State agencies responding to the study, and a table summarizing sources of data for selected survey items.) (MN)
Descriptors: Blindness, Comparative Analysis, Fees, Financial Policy, National Surveys, Private Agencies, Public Agencies, Services, State Agencies, Vocational Rehabilitation
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ.-Stout, Menomonie. Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Inst.