Hospitals use house calls to cut costs

Some hospitals are turning to a practice common among doctors in the first half of the 20th century: Making house calls on patients, reported The Wall Street Journal. Hospitals are using house calls to avoid new financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for high readmission rates, as well as cut healthcare costs. For example, patient costs fell 19 percent thanks to a house-call program at New Mexico's Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Article

Suggested Articles

Centene Corporation, Walgreens and RxAdvance announced this week that they’re joining forces to grow the use of a cloud-based PBM platform. 

Microsoft is teaming up with Nuance Communications to use technology to solve a big pain point for doctors—too much time spent on documentation.

As the public debate on health reform rolls on, a new report analyzes how these different approaches could impact insurers' bottom lines.