AMA Releases Physician Guide to Medical Management of Home Care Patients

March 26, 2012 – The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians today released a new guidebook to help physicians identify and oversee the wide range of medical and social services available to assist their patients at home. The National Association for Home Care reported that about 12 million people used home care in 2009.  

“Careful use of appropriate home care services can prevent unnecessary rehospitalizations, emergency department visits and poorer than expected health outcomes,” said AMA President-electJeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “This guide will help improve physicians’ management of their patients’ care as they transition from the hospital to the home.”

Medical Management of the Home Care Patient: Guidelines for Physicians, 4th Edition explains the various home care services that are available. The updated guide includes chapters on the Veterans Administration’s Home Based Primary Care Program and care transitions and their importance in reducing hospital readmissions.

The book is ideal for use in educational settings, and the use of this resource followed by a questionnaire and evaluation is an activity which has been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Through the use of case studies, tables, figures and easy-to-read text, the publication brings clarity to the many complex and often challenging aspects involved in the medical management of home care patients. For more information on this resource, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/homecarepatient.

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