July 25, 2008
No More House Calls for Elderly
Doctors from Hackensack University Medical Center will stop treating elderly patients at home early next month.
Hackensack will discontinue its House Calls for Elders program after Aug. 3 because of insufficient federal funding, said Anne Marie Campbell, a hospital spokeswoman.
Reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was not enough to cover the program's expenses and maintain quality service, Campbell said.
Campbell did not say how much the program cost, how many patients would be affected by the change or whether Hackensack would transport patients from their homes to the hospital.
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