AMA publishes physician guide to home care

Posted April 16, 2012

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The American Medical Association, in conjunction with the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, released on March 26 a guidebook for physicians regarding the medical management of patients receiving a range of health care services in their own residence.

Medical Management of the Home Care Patient: Guidelines for Physicians, 4th Edition outlines the physician’s role in home care, the relationship with patients and caregivers and the implementation of a care plan. The monograph also tackles hospice and palliative care at home and the detection of abuse and neglect.

“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.”

The book costs $19 for members of either organization and $25 for nonmembers. Ordering is available online (link).

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