The application process for physician home services varies depending on location and the company through which services are provided. Broader reaching services can be applied to via a simple phone call, while those serving specific populations may require potential patients to submit economic information and proof of disability.
Physician home services are often referred to as "housecalls." These services span a variety of medical needs, from acute medical concerns to the management of a long term illness. Many companies even provide in-home blood draws, x-rays and electrocardiograms.
Not all companies who provide physician home services treat the same populations. Some are open to the entire community they serve. Others limit their patient care to those who are homebound due to chronic illness or age, or residents in nursing homes.
Companies that serve a broad range of patients do not require an application. However, they do ask their future patients to complete registration forms, along with an authorization for treatment. These forms can be requested via phone or online and returned through the mail, email or submitted directly on the company's website.
Companies serving a specific population do require an application, and the first sometimes takes place via phone. During the phone call, the company representative determines if the patient qualifies for their services. If so, registration paperwork is completed.