Why Rush, HCCI Are Bringing Back the Doctor House Call

Posted Sunday, May 23, 2021

According to Dr. Elizabeth Davis, a primary care physician at Rush University Medical Center, the COVID pandemic is returning the house call from older years.  The shift from house calls to office visits had much to do repayment rates.

“It largely reflects the way our health care system is set up and the way reimbursement works for physician services, which, until recently, has largely been physicians or providers getting paid based on how many visits they do,” Davis told Home Health Care News. “Although there are payment rates for home visits, when you take into account how much time it takes to travel and to do a high-quality home visit, it’s hard for these programs to make ends meet.”

She believes, as do many others, that is time to reintroduce the house call.

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