HCCI leaders, CEO Tom Cornwell, MD and Chief Medical Officer Paul Chiang, MD were featured on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” recently in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the pair’s house call practice. Reporter Brandis Friedman accompanied Dr. Chiang on his rounds, learning firsthand the difference home-based primary care makes in the lives of patients and caregivers. “You want to know whether I feel that my life has been extended. Yes I do,” said patient Grace Rorke. The report also highlighted the financial impact home-based primary care could have on the health care system, highlighting the results of a Veterans Administration study. Watch the segment.
Recent research has shown that treating low-income seniors with chronic medical conditions in their homes not only improves health outcomes but saves taxpayers money. Access to nutrition and quality housing has been proven to keep seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes while improving care. At the Association of Health Care Journalists 2017 (AHCJ 2017) meeting, HCCI CEO Tom Cornwell, MD presented at a session focused on innovative health delivery models like physician house calls, along with Sarah Szanton, PhD of Johns Hopkins, who discussed CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place-Advancing Better Living for Seniors), along with surprising research about the role of food and nutrition in maintaining seniors’ health and independence. Thanks to The John A. Hartford Foundation for being a conference sponsor.