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An old idea is becoming new again. To increase access to high-quality health care for Medicare patients, a newly announced federal program called Independence at Home aims to test the effectiveness of the old-fashioned house call. The program will deliver care to thousands of the sickest and most vulnerable seniors in the U.S., allowing such patients to remain in the comfort of their homes instead of entering long-term care facilities. Proponents of home-care programs say the approach keeps medical costs down by helping high-risk patients with multiple illnesses avoid hospitals and emergency rooms.

(Source: TIME)