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.

Physicians will instead visit groups of these patients at the hospital's Geriatrics Center in Hackensack, Campbell said. The hospital is studying how it can continue to provide services to homebound patients on a limited basis, she said.

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.

Bob Groves

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