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News spotlight: House calls making a comeback

Nurse Leader Insider, August 31, 2009

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A practice most Americans assumed belonged to a bygone era could be about to make a comeback. A proposal to finance house calls by patients' primary care providers has been added to the healthcare bill currently before the House, although its fate when the proposal reaches the Senate is unclear.

Such a program has found great success in Richmond, VA, where a team of four physicians and five nurse practitioners are engaged in a house call project involving 275 high-risk patients.

The intention is to help patients suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or Alzheimer's—and who are all so ill that visiting their provider's office is difficult—and prevent the conditions from worsening to the point the patients are hospitalized, which ends up costing the healthcare system even more money over the long term than the cost of the house calls.  

Source: Los Angeles Times



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