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    RobertMay is offline Newbie
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    Default The word: Capitated ? Cannot find word in dictionary?

    My boss used the word: Capitated in a sentence:

    "The Office of Policy & Government requested the Legislature to take a look at capitated rates which means operate like a HMO."

    I cannot find out if this is a word in the dictionary. It indicates it is not a word. I found the following sentence on the website regarding Medicare plans and they used the word capitated.

    "The advantage of risk-adjusted rates is that
    they better match capitated plan payments to
    the health status and costs of each
    beneficiary."

    So, should I change the sentence and use another word. Or is this word okay to use in the sentence.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: The word: Capitated ? Cannot find word in dictionary?

    This site may help:

    Understanding Capitation

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    Default Re: The word: Capitated ? Cannot find word in dictionary?

    There is that site, and more succinctly:

    Capitation is the payment of a fee to a doctor or other person, or a grant to a school or body that provides services to a number of people, such that the amount paid is determined by the number of patients, pupils, or customers.

    ( from the Latin,'cap, caput, capitus,' etc "a head" where 'a head' means per person ( each, of course, having a 'head'; hence, how many 'heads'/how many people are we talking about here?). That is, a head count, and pay according to how many! Just like going to the cinema, or on a roller coaster - ex except the other way round: they give the money!
    Last edited by David L.; 25-Mar-2009 at 17:47.

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    Default Re: The word: Capitated ? Cannot find word in dictionary?

    I thought it's what they did when they found out you hadn't done anything wrong, after all, and put your head back on....

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