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Will There Be More Medicare House Calls?

MANAGED CARE January 1998. © MediMedia USA
Washington Initiatives

Will There Be More Medicare House Calls?

MANAGED CARE January 1998. ©1998 Stezzi Communications
Washington Initiatives

Physicians are getting more money for Medicare house calls this year, the result of a new HCFA reimbursement plan.

After intense lobbying by the American Academy of Home Physicians, HCFA bought the group's point: Physicians who visit homebound patients — who are often medically unstable, chronically ill, or whose cases are otherwise complex — deserve more money. Physicians may now claim up to $140 per visit for established patients and up to $173 for new patients — up almost 100 percent from last year.

Not that it makes a lot of difference. The typical family physician makes only one home visit per week.

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