Interested in learning more about home-based primary care and the services of HomeVisit Physicians? Read our FAQ for information on primary care and doctor house calls in South Jersey.
Patients and their families or caregivers often choose the services offered by home-based primary care providers such as HomeVisit Physicians because of the ease in which the elderly and disabled can receive complete medical care. Patients who are unable to travel to a doctor’s office without transportation or assistance have a much more comfortable and convenient way of obtaining medical treatment.
No, HomeVisit Physicians provides a full range of medical care to elderly patients or those with disabilities or problems with mobility. The care provided at a home visit ranges from routine check-ups and preventive care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illnesses.
Yes, HomeVisit Physicians visits patients in their homes, as well as assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, retirement homes, and retirement communities.
An initial home visit consists of a comprehensive history and physical examination in conjunction with a thorough assessment of the patient’s current living conditions and caregiver needs. An individual plan of care will be established and all medications are reviewed and adjusted as necessary. All subsequent care will be provided according to the patient’s individual medical needs. Follow-up visits will be regularly scheduled in order to routinely monitor the care and condition of the patient.
Every initial home visit is performed by a highly skilled, board certified physician. The full staff of home visit providers also includes certified and geriatric nurse practitioners who will see the patients on some subsequent follow-up visits.
HomeVisit Physicians accepts Medicare assignment and is credentialed with most major insurance companies. Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of a home visit after the patient has met the annual Medicare deductible, with the remaining 20% being covered by secondary insurance. Patients will be responsible for the Medicare annual deductible and the remaining 20% if they do not have a supplemental/ secondary insurance policy that covers these costs.
For more information, please visit the Medicare website.
Yes, we do participate with most HMO insurance plans. However, our doctors cannot be selected as a patient’s “PCP.” If a patient’s HMO plan requires referrals, they will have to choose a “PCP” other than our doctors and the home visits will require a referral from that “PCP.”
If a patient already has a doctor but has a medical need for a home visit, our providers will work along with the current primary care doctor by providing a detailed report of each visit, or our doctors can become the patient’s primary care physician if a patient so desires.
Home visits are provided Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our physicians are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
To schedule an appointment, please call (800) 229-8183. Our office staff is available by phone Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. All appointment messages left on the machine after hours will be returned the next business day. Appointments are generally scheduled within 24 to 72 hours of the request, and the scheduling department will call to confirm the appointment the day before the home visit.
HomeVisit Physicians is not an emergency service. If a patient is a hospice patient, call Samaritan at (800) 229-8183. If the patient is not a hospice patient, call 911 immediately.
HomeVisit Physicians works with all area hospitals and hospitalist groups to ensure seamless, quality care to any of our patients who are admitted to the hospital. Our providers will be contacted by the hospital’s attending physician when necessary and, upon the patient’s discharge, we will provide prompt, post-hospital follow-up care.