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Onsite primary care services in assisted living communities can have several positive effects for operators and residents, according to data from Doctors Making Housecalls.

Data on 236 assisted living residents of communities of a “large assisted living corporation headquartered in North Carolina” who were cared for by Doctors Making Housecalls clinicians between January 2017 and July 2019, according to the company, showed:

  • A six-month increase in length of stay.
  • An estimated cost savings of $5 million.
  • A 60% reduction in 30-day readmissions.
  • A 40% reduction in hospitalizations.
  • A 70% reduction in trips to the emergency department.
  • An 8.1% reduction in overall healthcare costs.

The results are compared with 7,863 residents whose healthcare was provided by other clinicians, the company said.

“For the DMHC residents, the value of six additional months of quality life is immeasurable,”  Doctors Making Housecalls said. “Unnecessary transfers to nursing homes [are] often avoided.”