Mental Health Costs and Access under Alternative Capitation Systems in Colorado
Bloom, J. R., T. Hu, N. Wallace, B. Cuffel, J.W. Hausman, M. Sheu, and R. Scheffler. “Mental Health Costs and Access under Alternative Capitation Systems in Colorado.” HSR: Health Services Research 37.2 (Apr. 2002).
To examine service cost and access for persons with severe mental illness under Medicaid mental health capitation payment in Colorado. Capitation contracts were made with two organizational models: community mental health centers (CMHCs) that manage and deliver services (direct capitation [DC]) and joint ventures between CMHCs and a for-profit managed care firm (managed behavioral health organization, [MBHO]) and compared to fee for service (F.F.S.).