HealthPartners Program Makes House Calls to Treat Fractures in Elderly

HealthPartners is reporting success with a home-visit program that sends specialists to nursing homes to assist residents who fall and suffer orthopedic injuries. Regions Hospital estimates $6,000 to $8,500 in savings per patient when elderly patients use this program instead of going to the emergency room (ER). The savings are primarily awarded to patients and their insurers, who avoid costly ambulance rides, ER visits and hospital admissions. But the benefits extend beyond dollars, says Julie Switzer, M.D., who directs Regions’ geriatric orthopedic trauma program.