Trend: House calls back in fashion

The number of physicians making house calls appears to be rising steadily again after years of decline. NPR looks at the factors involved in the trend, which is up by 40 percent since 1998 when Medicare raised reimbursement rates for home visits by almost 50 percent. Changing attitudes toward disease management have played a role, as have technological advances which have given physicians the ability to take their practices on the road. Armed with a laptop and a basic Internet connection, doctors can do almost anything they need to do. NPR profiles the Visiting Physicians Association, which works with more than 25.000 patients in Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and Michigan.

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