Miami Herald Explores Pilot Program For Medical HomesThe Miami Herald: Yes, There's A Doctor In The House: Medical Home Visits Grow
House calls, once thought to be too time-consuming and not very cost-effective, are making a comeback as health care providers recognize that they're actually the answer to good care for patients who can't make it to a doctor's office. Medicare-paid house calls have been steadily increasing, according to government figures, and doctors report the same for non-Medicare patients, according to the American Academy for Home Care Physicians. Now a three-year federal government pilot program called Independence at Home is encouraging doctors to pick up those black medical bags of yore and pay a visit to their sickest patients (Veciana-Suarez, 5/24). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.