There really is a Santa Claus! Doctors do make house calls.

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Don't believe me well move to my county in NYS. This morning I had a visit from a FNP. Apparently there is a new program from Medicare administerd by BCBS, through which we have our supplemental health insurance. To qualify you need to have multiple co-morbidities and have needed extensive care in the past 6 - 12 months. Once enrolled which took about a hour in my home and included multiple health and medication questions plus checking my vital signs, a monthly visit is provided by a FNP or a nurse all coordinated with my PCG. When a problem arrises such as a fall or if you suspect an infection or maybe need a speedy referral to a specialist the FNP or nurse will come to the home to assess the situation and the FNP can prescribe any needed prescriptions. This service is available 24/7 AT NO CHARGE NOT EVEN A CO-PAY!!!!!!!! Medicare provides this service to be able to save money on Dr. visits trips to the ER or hospitalization. It is completely voluntary to sign up but what I have seen so far looks very good and helpful. The staff closely co-ordinate with the PCG and will send you for further treatment if needed. They can also do mobile x-rays and bloos draws right at home. It seems to be a fairly new program so have no idea where it maybe available.


Veronica, do you know what this program is called? We have Medigap coverage through BCBSM, so Dad might be eligible. He does have multiple co-morbidities. I would think that hospitalization, rehab and home care, as well as being 99 and counting would qualify him.

The description sounds a lot like Palliative Care, which our pulmonary doctor told us would be appropriate, and that she could script for it.

Any other info you can share?

I'm glad you've discovered a service so helpful. Sounds like a good holiday present!

(I almost wish I had multiple co-morbidities; I'm dreading just going outside now that the single and below zero digit wind chills are moving in.)

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