The impact of capitated payment on preventive care utilization in community health clinics

Maria Ukhanova, Miguel Marino, Heather Angier, Lorie Jacob, Jean O'Malley, Erika K. Cottrell, Katie Dambrun, John Heintzman

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Only half of the United States population regularly receives recommended preventive care services. Alternative payment models (e.g., a per-member-per-month capitated payment model) may encourage the delivery of preventive services when compared to a fee-for-service visitbased model; however, evaluation is lacking in the United States. This study assesses the impact of implementing Oregon's Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) on orders for preventive services within community health centers (CHCs). This retrospective cohort study uses electronic health record data from the OCHIN, Inc., 2012–2018, analyzed in 2018–2019. Twenty-seven CHCs which implemented APM in 2013–2016 were compared to six non-APM CHCs. Clinic-level quarterly rates of ordering nine preventive services in 2012–2018 were calculated. For each phase and preventive service, we used difference-in-differences analysis to assess the APM impact on ordering preventive care. We found greater increases for APM CHCs compared to non-APM CHCs for orders of mammograms (difference-in-differences estimates (DDs) across four phases:1.69–2.45). Both groups had decreases in ordering cervical cancer screenings, however, APM CHCs had smaller decreases (DDs:1.62–1.93). The APM CHCs had significantly greater decreases in influenza vaccinations (DDs:0.17–0.32). There were no consistent significant differences in pre-post changes in APM vs. non-APM CHCs for cardiometabolic risk screenings, smoking status and depression assessments. There was nonsignificant change in the proportion of nontraditional encounters in APM clinics compared to controls. Transition from fee-for-service to an APM did not negatively impact delivery of preventive care. Further studies are needed to understand how to change encounter structures to best deliver recommended preventive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106405
JournalPreventive medicine
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Alternative payment model
  • Capitated payment model
  • Health care systems
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Oregon
  • Preventive care services
  • Primary health care
  • Protection and affordable care act

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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