Announcing a Return to House Calls; Home Physicians Brings the Doctor’s Office to You
LINTHICUM, MD., January 18, 2008 – Home Physicians, a new physician practice specializing in making house calls to seniors, is now serving the greater Baltimore metropolitan community.
For elderly patients, especially those who reside in medically underserved areas, there are few choices for quality primary care. Too often for these patients, who may have limited mobility or may be homebound, the only option for care is via ambulance to the emergency room at the closest hospital.
Home Physicians is a physician house call practice with a commitment to solving this problem with “old fashioned service”. The company provides comprehensive medical care in the convenience of home — wherever a patient calls home. The Chicago-based organization which has been in business for 12 years employs 40 physicians and serves approximately 7,000 patients. Recognizing a need for its medical services in Maryland, the company decided to open a new location.
The new Maryland practice, called Home Physicians Chesapeake, employs board-certified internists and geriatricians who make home visits in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Located near BWI in Linthicum, the practice opened its doors in late September and is pleased to be serving approximately 400 patients across multiple counties. The physicians see patients in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard Harford, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The doctors’ visits are covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans — and generally cost less than one-third the amount of emergency room visits. The physicians may act as primary care doctors or may coordinate care with other primary care physicians and specialists at the patients’ requests.
Given the burgeoning growth in the Medicare beneficiary population (about 40M and growing at 3% per year), access to quality care in underserved areas and across the country at large is decreasing. Of this population, 10% (or 4 million) are estimated to be “homebound” with little or no access to care without hospitalization or emergency room visits. Two to 3 million more are estimated to be so disabled that they cannot easily access physician offices. As a result, they lack access to regular, ongoing coordinated care. Further, many of these immobile patients are the highest cost users with five or more chronic conditions, consuming half of Medicare expenditures (Johns Hopkins University report/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May, 2005; American Academy of Home Care Physicians).
Home Physicians and other companies that provide mobile medical care have a commitment and an opportunity to improve the health outcomes for patients and their caregivers, helping to avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and higher costs. And of course, of equal or greater importance, patients tend to prefer to be cared for in the convenience of home. For more information, contact: Home Physicians Chesapeake, 705 Digital Drive, Suite G, Linthicum, MD, 21090. Telephone: 410-636-3060. Fax. 410-636-3061.
About Home Physicians
Home Physicians is a medical group specializing in house calls for patients who are homebound or who are unable to visit their doctor’s office. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois and has been caring for patients in Cook County since 1995. Home Physicians also provides services in portions of DuPage County and Northwest Indiana. For more information, visit www.homephysicians.com
Home Physicians is a registered trademark of Home Physicians Management, LLC.