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House calls? One Alabama hospital starts anew with old practice

from The Birmingham News

In an effort to ward off costly and unnecessary readmissions, Princeton Baptist Medical Center is starting a pilot program in which a small team of health care workers may come to recent patient's home to make sure everything is alright. Baptist Health System — a four-hospital group in Alabama — announced the nine-month pilot program. Each house call includes a medical resident, a nurse and a medical-education physician faculty member. The teams actually work before and after the hospital visit to ensure the patients are able to take care of themselves. more

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