capitation

noun

cap·​i·​ta·​tion ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capitation (audio)
1
: a direct uniform tax imposed on each head or person : poll tax
2
: a uniform per capita payment or fee
3
: a capitated health-care system

Examples of capitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Initially, capitation rates for Medicare Advantage were set at 95% of the average cost of an enrollee in original Medicare. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 In general, the sicker the member, the bigger the capitation. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 It’s called capitation, and the idea was to encourage medical providers to be more efficient. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 With capitation, physicians are prepaid based on the age and known diseases of their patients. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Medicare Advantage is a capitation program. WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 Under Medicare Advantage, health plans are paid a set amount per patient per month, known as a capitation. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Clinics enroll their eligible clients on income and other factors then manage their care to the rate of capitation; the fewer health problems, the less use, and thus some value capture from the prepaid rate. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The alternative to fee for service is capitation, a prepaid approach to medical care. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin capitation-, capitatio poll tax, from Latin capit-, caput

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capitation was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Capitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitation. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

capitation

noun
cap·​i·​ta·​tion ˌkap-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capitation (audio)
1
: a fixed per capita payment made periodically to a medical service provider (as a physician) by a managed care group (as an HMO) in return for medical care provided to enrolled individuals
2
: a capitated health-care system

Legal Definition

capitation

noun
cap·​i·​ta·​tion ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capitation (audio)
1
: a direct uniform tax imposed on each head or person : poll tax
no capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laidU.S. Constitution art. I
2
: a uniform per person payment or fee
Etymology

Late Latin capitatio, from Latin caput head

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