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ERIC Number: EJ793682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Market-Based Disparities in Foster Care Service Provision
McBeath, Bowen; Meezan, William
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n1 p27-41 2008
Objective: This study examines in-agency and out-of-agency service provision to a sample of 243 foster children and their families. Method: Data come from a longitudinal study of 243 foster children and families served by non-profit agencies that were operating under either a performance-based, managed care purchase-of-service contract or a fee-for-service reimbursement mechanism. Results: Children and families served by agencies with performance-based, managed care contracts receive fewer of three of five types of services than those served by agencies reimbursed through fee-for-service contracts. Conclusions: Results suggest that performance-based, managed care contracting is related to suppressed service provision and may lead to service disparities between foster children and families served under different market environments. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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