Promoting the health and dignity of frail elders
Many elders struggle with disability and severe chronic illness, and often have difficulty getting to the doctor’s office. As a result, their health status may suffer, and lead to unnecessary ER visits, hospitalization, or nursing home care. In 1999, recognizing these needs of frail elders and their families, we created the MedStar House Call program to provide medical and social services that help elders remain in their homes with dignity.
The MedStar House Call Program is nationally recognized for quality and outcomes of our care. We care for patients at home, and also provide state-of-the-art hospital and specialty care. Our inpatient team directly cares for House Call patients who need emergency or acute hospital care. Our social services link patients and families to community resources, support caregivers through monthly support groups and weekly meditation calls.
In DC, our social workers also provide case management services to eligible patients in the Medicaid Elderly and Persons with Disability waiver program.
MedStar house call: A caregiver’s story
House calls are made by doctors and nurse practitioners for primary and urgent care
We offer a full range of diagnostic tests and treatments comparable to an urgent care center
Home delivery of medications and equipment
Coordination of home nursing, physical therapy, and hospice
On-call physician: 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone
Mobile electronic health record (EHR)
Coordination of specialty care and procedures at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
In-home counseling and caregiver support by social workers and other staff
Coordination of in-home support services, such as home health aides, respite care, and financial assistance
(DC only) Case management for the Medicaid Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver
Hospital care and specialists
Our team coordinates emergency, hospital, and specialty care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Patients may keep their previous specialist doctors and we can work with them as needed. If new specialist care is required, we make a referral at MedStar Washington Hospital Center or MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Our office staff schedule the specialty appointment and can assist in arranging transportation to the appointment.
When House Call patients require hospitalization, either through the emergency department or a scheduled admission, our nurse practitioners and doctors arrange the admission, and our doctors care for you in the hospital. Our clinicians work with office staff to coordinate admissions to MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Geriatrics Unit or MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital depending on patient location. In DC, our physicians also provide Ortho-Geriatric hospital care to non-house call patients. This specialty service was created to ease complications and provide geriatric expertise to MWHC.
Social work services
Social worker services, if needed, include a licensed social worker who will provide care coordination services to our patients. Care coordination services include:
Development of an individual treatment plan
Information and referral to appropriate resources and supports
Education, emotional support and counseling to patients and families
Advocacy within service networks
Assists with identifying alternative placement as needed
Enrollment and insurance
To qualify for the MedStar House Call Program, patients must:
Be 65 years or older and have difficulty getting to the doctor’s office
Have Medicare, Medicaid, or a managed care plan that the MedStar House Call Program accepts
Agree to give up their previous primary doctor in order to join the program
Live in a qualifying ZIP code
The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.
When calling about enrollment, please have the following information:
Patient's name, address, telephone number
Patient's date of birth and social security number
Patient's next of kin and emergency contact information
Patient's health insurance information (including type and group number)
Patient's current medical conditions and concerns
Ability to retrieve patient's recent medical records
Print and complete our Baltimore Intake Questionnaire form
As in a doctor's office, the primary health insurance (like Medicare Part B) covers 80 percent of visit fees, and the secondary insurance (or the patient) is billed for the remaining 20 percent.
Qualifying ZIP codes
To check if you live in a qualifying ZIP code, view the map below. Call our Washington, DC or Baltimore location to confirm MedStar House Call Program eligibility of your exact address.
Washington, DC region team
George Taler, MD
Stephanie Bruce, MD
Cesar Torres, MD
Linnea Pepper, MD
Robyn, Feely, CRNP
Nancy Sassa, CRNP
Michelle Sullivan, CRNP
Kimberly Kamara, LPN
Gretchen Nordstrom, LICSW
Kellie Jones, LGSW
Ruth Shea, LICSW
Beatrice Chisala, MHA
Baltimore region team
Jen Hayashi, MD
Elise Worley, DO
Dorothy Were, CRNP
Sonja Stanton, RN, MSN
Marina Nellius, LMSW
Shereen Greene, MBA
George Hennawai, MD
Julie Beecher, MS, MPH
Edwin Zhao, MHA
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Contact us by phone
To learn more about our services in the Baltimore region, call us today.at 443-444-6100.
Washington, DC Region
To learn more about our services in the Washington, DC region, call us today at 202-877-0570