American Medical Association Releases New Home Care Guide

The American Medical Association is continuing to inform physicians about home care. In late March, the national association published the newest edition of a guidebook for physicians regarding patients who receive health care services at home.

The guidebook, Medical Management of the Home Care Patient: Guidelines for Physicians, 4th Edition, was produced in conjunction with the American Academy of Home Care Physicians. It covers the physician’s role in home care, as well as the relationship with patients and caregivers and implementation of a care plan. Hospice and palliative care at home are also discussed.

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

Find out more about the guide.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker