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Rise in House Call Medicine in Australia Highlights International Resurgence of Medical Home Visits

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LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2019 — A March 1 article on Thrive Global reported on a survey done in Australia that found a rise in doctor home visits. The survey showed over a quarter of after-hour services were through house call doctors instead of patients visiting hospital clinics. The article discussed the advantages that medical house calls provide, including easier access to care for patients who might have difficulty going to a hospital, avoiding the need to wait in long lines at a clinic, and a flexible schedule that works with the patient’s availability. Dr. Michael Farzam of House Call Doctor Los Angeles says that the shift toward home visits by doctors is on the rise internationally.

Dr. Farzam understands that some people may be confused as to why a seemingly outdated practice is becoming popular once again. While the advancement of technology is what originally created the traditional medical office and clinic system, it is also how doctors are once again able to visit patients, says Dr. Farzam. Read the full article


Independence At Home: Year 3 Results

Independence At Home Year 3 Results

Independence at Home Demonstration

The IAH Demonstration tests a payment incentive and service delivery model for home-based primary care for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries with multiple chronic illnesses. The demonstration tests whether home-based primary care that is designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated, continuous, and accessible care to high-need patients and to coordinate health care across all treatment settings reduces preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, and emergency room visits, improves health outcomes commensurate with beneficiaries’ stage of chronic illness, improves the efficiency of care, reduces the cost of health care services, and achieves beneficiary and family caregiver satisfaction.

Beneficiaries’ care is monitored using several quality measures. A savings benchmark is established that estimates what would have been spent for applicable beneficiaries in the absence of the demonstration. Practices that generate Medicare savings relative to their benchmark in excess of a minimum savings requirement may share in savings; the proportion of savings that a practice may receive as an incentive payment is adjusted based on its performance on these quality measures.

Independence at Home: Year 3 Results

In the third performance year of the demonstration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that IAH practices saved approximately 4.7 percent, equating to $16.3 million, an average of $1,431 per beneficiary of their applicable beneficiaries. CMS will provide incentive payments to seven practices (as shown in Table 1*) for an aggregate amount of $7,219,784. In the third performance year of the demonstration, 11,382 beneficiaries were enrolled in the demonstration at 15 participating practices. For the third performance year, 14 out of the 15 IAH practices improved on at least one quality measure from performance year 2. Five of the practices met the performance thresholds for all six quality measures.  Click here to download the full report*

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Join the Second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community

AFHS Action Community Invitation

Health systems are invited to join the second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community. This free, seven-month learning community run by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement begins on April 1st. It succeeds the first Action Community of teams from more than 75 systems working together to rapidly test and scale the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework. For more information, download this invitation.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the​ Catholic Health Association of the United States.

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I Heart House Calls – K. Eric De Jonge, M.D.

“I Heart House Calls” is a web series produced by the Home Centered Care Institute that features stories told by the people of home-based primary care, those who provide house calls and those who have experienced their life-affirming impact.

In this special two-part webisode, K. Eric De Jonge, M.D., Executive Director of MedStar House Call Program, Director of Geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM), shares what he feels is unique about house call medicine, one of his most memorable patient stories, and what he tells residents to inspire them to consider a career in HBPC.

I Heart House Calls – K. Eric De Jonge, M.D. Part 1
I Heart House Calls – K. Eric De Jonge, M.D. Part 2

Have house calls made an impact on your life? Regardless of whether you’re a provider, a family member, caretaker, or patient, if house calls have made an impact on your life, we’d love to hear from you and share your story. Contact HCCI at 630-283-9200 or [email protected]!