Gwen W. Oldenquist, MD Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Linda Scott, MSHA, RNC Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Baltimore
Thomas E. Finucane, MD Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Address: Thomas E. Finucane, MD, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 5505 Hopkins Bayview Circle; Baltimore, MD 21224; email@example.com
When elderly patients might benefit from home care, a key question is whether Medicare will pay for it. We describe what physicians can do to avoid the pitfalls in qualifying appropriate patients for Medicare's Home Health Services and hospice programs, and the basic features of these two programs. We also describe the experience and methods used in prototype programs that provide home-based hospital-level care, and that revive a supposedly lost art: physician house calls.