ERIC Number: ED431509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Capitated Rates for Child Welfare Programs. Discussion Paper CS-47.
Wulczyn, Fred H.; Sheu, Eileen
Child welfare services currently operate in an environment characterized by increasing need for services, and calls for cost containment and system reform. To survive in this environment, foster care agencies will have to reexamine their use of resources to ensure that they are used to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children in their care. Capitated payments--preset reimbursement for services over a specified length of time, most often used in health care delivery--are a potentially useful approach for foster care agencies. Unlike fee-for-service systems, capitated payments are obtained prospectively, permitting the agency to engage in long-range planning for the allocation of resources, and to purchase alternative services as well as foster care. Issues related to setting a capitation rate include estimating foster care utilization, setting a capitation rate, and calculating the maximum rate of expenditure permissible for solvency under the proposed capitation rate. (Includes calculations for a hypothetical capitation rate.) (This document is relevant to the field of education in that permanent placement and family reunification are two strategies that can contribute to children's readiness to learn by increasing stability in their lives.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Economically Disadvantaged, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Foster Care, Low Income Groups, Poverty Programs, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.