By Terri Hobbs, Executive Director “The failure of doctors to have discussions with patients about how to live life’s final chapter…is one of the most important problems facing American medicine today,” writes Harvard Medical School physician and researcher Dr. Angelo Volandes in his important new book “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.” Dr. [Read more… ]
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More national press focused on the return of the house call. Here & Now Contributors Network, WHYY’s Pulse contributor — and Drexel medical student — Avir Mitra retraces the history of the house call and brings you up to date on what is causing its resurgence. Audio or written article can be found at: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/07/28/doctor-house-calls. One of the house calls he went on was with Dr. Bruce Kinosian, a primary care doctor and associate professor of Medicine at Penn State University, one of the 17 sites, along with Housecall Providers, currently involved in the national demonstration project Independence at Home. Dr. Kinosian had this to say about the importance of the demonstration. “I think that Independence At Home is going to radically transform how healthcare gets delivered and gets paid for in this country. There’s probably 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries that are eligible for Independence At Home.”
Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house call. by Dr. Mindy Fain I make house calls. Remember those? When a doctor came to your door with a black bag? You might think of this as a quaint vestige of prewar life, or a luxury for the exceptionally wealthy with their concierge doctors. But home care [Read more… ]
The Portland Business Journal’s Elizabeth Hayes attended and reported on Housecall Providers’ breakfast forum Return of the House Call on June 4, 2014. Her article House calls: relic of the past or wave of the future? explores the factors that are causing the rebirth of the house call such as our aging population, technology and cost savings. You can read her article by clicking here.
By Cliff Collins – Back in 1930, half of all medical care was done in the home. Today, house calls are relatively rare, but that may be changing with demographic forces. “You’ll see more and more providers heading this way,” predicted the president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine and keynote speaker at [Read more… ]
The Scribe, the monthly periodical from the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, reported in its January 2014 issue about the onset of new technological devices in the medical arena and how these advances are working to empower patients. The article mentions Housecall Providers’ “virtual clinic” and our use of Droid smart phones and hot spots to connect clinicians in the field to care coordinators back and the office as well as to patients’ electronic health records. To view the article including quotes from Housecall Providers’ Executive Director Terri Hobbs, please click the following link: http://associationpublications.com/flipbooks/msmp/2014/01_Jan/index.html#8/z .
Ezekiel J. Emanuel on health policy and other topics.
September 5th, 2013 NY Times article on the resurgence of house calls across America. Dr. Emanuel explores three different styles of house calls and identifies the target group for each. The comments at the end of the article add another layer to the complexity and emotions associated with ” bringing back the house call”. Click here to read the story.
Housecall Providers’ supporter Dan Cook wrote an insightful albeit alarming article for BenefitsPro.com detailing the misinformation and assumptions baby boomers have towards long-term care. Most baby boomers are going to be in for a big shock when they transition from working to retirement. They haven’t planned properly for it and, as a result, many are [Read more… ]
HCP Clinician and chair of the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, JC Provost, is featured in the Elizabeth Hayes article entitled, “Doctor shortage is on the horizon. Who’ll pick up the slack?” this week in the Portland Business Journal. The article brings to light the shortage of health care workers in Oregon and the crucial role nurse practitioners [Read more… ]
A February Wall Street Journal article exploring how hospitals are beginning to send health care practitioners into the home to reduce readmissions and deliver better care, better health at a lower cost. Click here to read the article.