Providers and payers increasingly bring care to patients

02/11/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Insurers, health systems and practitioners are increasingly turning toward in-home visits to treat patients, manage costs, limit readmissions and keep people out of the hospital in the first place. Health professionals monitor patients, administer treatments and assess risks, often bringing along ultrasound, X-ray and electrocardiogram equipment. "People may think of the house call as this quaint idea of a doctor heading out in his horse and buggy, but it is an excellent and necessary model for taking care of vulnerable high-cost patients," says Dr. Bruce Leff of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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