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It’s time again for house calls

The Baltimore Sun
August 6, 2017

MedStar Health, other groups work to boost doctors’ home visits

MedStar Health is joining seven medical institutions in a nationwide effort to bolster the number of doctors trained to make house calls — an outdated practice now making a comeback because it has been shown to reduce health care costs and provide better outcomes for patients.

The new training program is spearheaded by the nonprofit Home Centered Care Institute, whose mission is to increase high-quality primary care for patients too sick to leave their homes. MedStar Total Elder Care’s Medical House Call Program is being accredited as one of eight “Centers of Excellence” in major cities across the United States that will offer comprehensive training for new doctors to provide home-based primary care.

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