Patients who may have trouble making it to the doctor’s office can now request a home visit through Emerald Physicians. Founder Dr. Cormac Coyle said the demand for home visits on the Cape is huge. Coyle expects the practice to make 2,000 home visits this year.
“We decided that this was a more efficient and appropriate way to see some patients who had difficulty getting to the office and who would benefit from the provider visiting them in their home. It is better for patients, providers and the practice,” Coyle said.
Patients can request a visit from Nurse Practitioner Debbie Landry or Physician Assistant Marie Hartley.
At your residence, Debbie or Marie will be able to take and document your history, do an examination, prescribe treatments, perform an EKG, and collect blood and other clinical specimens as necessary, according to a press release. They can also make referrals as needed.
Patients won’t have to pay much more for home visits. The visits cost about the same as if a patient had come into the office for an appointment. Most insurance plans cover home visits after you have paid your annual deductible.
Emerald Physicians offers 9 locations across Cape Cod including in Hyannis, Yarmouth, Mashpee and Brewster. They recently opened an office in Cotuit and will open a new location in Harwich in the next two months.