A new program to train doctors to provide primary care right in a patient’s home launches today. There are only about 1,000 physicians in the U.S. who work as home-based primary care docs, according to the Home Centered Care Institute. But home care experts say that providing care in the home, particularly to elderly and medically complex patients, can reduce health care costs and improve the experience for those patients. Eight medical centers and schools — including the Cleveland Clinic, University of California San Francisco, and Northwestern — are participating in the program, which aims to grow the workforce by 5,000 clinicians in five years.
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