Why Tampa General is bringing back house calls

Patients at Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital can now get check-ups in their own homes, reports NBC affiliate WFLA.

The hospital rolled out its Urgent Care at Home initiative in late October 2019 through a partnership with Fast Track Urgent Care. Through the service, Tampa General patients can request an at-home consultation with a clinician daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $199 per visit.

Clinicians offer services similar to those of urgent care centers, including treatments for cough, sore throat or urinary tract infections. Clinicians can also provide some testing and diagnostic services for illnesses such as the flu or strep throat.

"We're bringing back house calls," Paul Nanda, MD, CMO of TGH Urgent Care, told WFLA. "I think if you go back historically, a lot of care used to be delivered in the home setting. … We're trying to reinvent something and come back full circle to offer patient convenience."

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