Data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that frail Medicare patients treated under a house call program had 17% lower total costs than those treated with usual care after two years. The approach allows for screenings such as echocardiograms without requiring patients who have difficulty doing so to travel. The house call group used more primary care but utilization of hospital, nursing home and specialty care was lower. Mortality rates were not significantly different.
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