Assessing Medical Practices
Q: Does Kaiser Permanente do capitation?
A: "Fully 95% of its 11.7 million members are covered on a capitated basis, meaning that Kaiser Permanente is paid a monthly member fee to take care of a patient's full range of healthcare needs. As a result, Kaiser Permanente physicians don't have the same worries as other practitioners about getting paid for virtual visits."
Does capitation work? In looking at the largest nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system in the United States – Kaiser Permanente – you would certainly be inclined to answer “yes.” Kaiser Foundation Health Plan pays its affiliated medical groups on a capitated basis, and several studies have documented the success Kaiser’s capitated model has had in improving health outcomes.