August 1, 2017
About 5% of the Medicare population — or 2 million beneficiaries — would benefit from home-based primary care. These patients are too sick to leave their home and have serious chronic conditions that require frequent visits from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
To help address the shortage, the Home Centered Care Institute along with MedStar Health and seven other academic medicine institutions launched an initiative Tuesday to train home-care providers. They estimate about 1,000 providers currently offer home-based primary care, and their goal is to increase that number to 5,000 within five years.