NYC Health + Hospitals launches house call program for primary care

New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals on Dec. 5 launched a two-year pilot program for home-based primary care, targeted at patients who are frail and homebound.

Physicians and nurse practitioners will provide primary care, preventive care, chronic disease management and mental health services for 200 patients during the pilot. Patients will be able to use telehealth video visits to connect with specialists, mental health providers and social workers.

"Someday, our society's institutions may be structured to serve more than the temporarily able-bodied among us. We're proud to be the first in our health system to adopt this new model of care in the home which will better position us to serve the patients of the future," Scott McGarvey, MD, program lead at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, where the pilot will be hosted, said in a press release.

The pilot is powered by nearly $1 million in grants from the Altman Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and investments by the health system. If the program is successful, NYC Health + Hospitals plans to expand it to more patients.

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