Mobile Medical: Changing Healthcare for Good

In these busy days of hurry-up technology and fast medicine, there is a blast from the past that is becoming increasingly popular with seniors and their adult children. Mobile medical services are bringing us back to the day when a doctor showed up at your door to provide personalized care. It may seem like a step back in time but don’t be fooled – mobile medical services are exceptionally forward-thinking.

By providing routine and acute care from a home setting, a mobile medical provider develops a well-rounded knowledge of the patient. Conversations are far more comfortable when kicked up in your recliner than sitting straight-backed on an examining room table. Surrounded by familiar sights and sounds, each patient is empowered to embrace the medical provider and participate more fully in their own care.

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What are Mobile Medical Services?

Mobile medical services are bringing care to you. From acute and routine primary care to overseeing services such as laboratory and diagnostics, mobile primary care offers convenience together with quality medical care. Your provider works with an extended team of healthcare professionals both in their own office and in the community to bring the services you need right to your living room.

Providers of mobile medical services develop strong relationships with other resources in the area. To coordinate care for a senior living at home, the mobile medical care team must stay up to date with the services available locally and partner with them. Their relationships with other local providers enable the care team to personalize care to fit the preferences and goals of each patient.

Do Mobile Medical Services Benefit Overall Care?

Care services in the home immediately overcome several key barriers to consistent healthcare. From transportation to the physical ability to leave the home, mobile medical providers are providing an answer to the challenges that keep individuals from living healthier lives. By bringing care to the home, these providers make comprehensive and coordinated care accessible to seniors in need.

Barriers to Consistent Healthcare

Forgetting appointments

Transportation

Physical ability

Distance to doctor’s office

For an adult child who is working while struggling to coordinate the medical care of an aging parent, these services are almost too good to be true! 17% of U.S. full-time workers are caregivers and miss an average of 6.6 workdays per year – that’s about 126 million missed workdays each year. Between the stress of missing work and increased pressure on productivity when on the job, local options for mobile medical services should be on the speed dial of every Human Resources Director.

What Types of Services to Expect

Mobile providers can provide monthly well visits, preventative care, and annual wellness visits. Consistent oversight from a medical care professional is especially important for those with chronic diseases. They often struggle to manage their conditions with inconsistent visits to their doctor’s office.

Better Care Services

Comprehensive

Coordinated

Continuous

Accessible

Proactive

A mobile medical provider can coordinate a care plan, complete with referrals to specialists for chronic disease management. An experienced mobile provider knows when to provide proactive referrals for other services such as wound care, occupational therapy, or home care to keep a senior home safely. Outside of an office, these practitioners have the time and ability to sit and listen, hear their patient’s concerns, and create a plan that is as unique as they are.

Participate in Care with Mobile Medical Services

Care goes beyond just an office visit when it is coordinated by a mobile provider. Each patient is encouraged to set goals and participate in creating a plan to meet each of those goals, one step at a time. The mobile practitioner communicates with each patient to recommend screenings and services, encouraging participation and understanding limitations.

Everyone can participate in their own care by accepting information and educating themselves. This is particularly true once receiving a diagnosis of a chronic disease. The more an individual participates in their own care plan and educates themselves about their condition, they can ask better questions and have a bigger impact on their wellness with the help of their provider.

Staying Healthy at Home with Mobile Services

One of the greatest benefits of a provider who comes to the home is the patient’s ability to remain actively involved in the care plan. Communicate fully with the care provider and disclose all medical history and any known family history of illness to ensure that the best plan is being created. Prepare for appointments by writing down any concerns and don’t be hesitant to ask questions.

A mobile medical provider has a passion for home services. Chances are, they are there because they wanted to be able to spend more time focused on patient care. When patients are engaged in their own care plan, a mobile provider can help them stay healthier longer.

Who Pays for Mobile Medical Services?

Even though they offer more in terms of service and convenience, these services are billed through insurance just like a regular office visit. Each provider accepts different insurance plans and will notify a patient if any co-pays are due prior to service. If you find a provider you like but they don’t take your insurance, ask if they will apply to your health plan or consider self-pay. (Or change health plans during Medicare Open Enrollment).

When are Mobile Medical Services Available?

Most providers have regular hours on Monday through Friday and schedule services accordingly. Many will schedule same-day visits, if needed, or offer a telehealth triage process. These are not emergency services and should not be contacted in lieu of 911.

Though they are not a substitute for emergency care, the providers on a mobile medical team will communicate with treating physicians in the hospital to coordinate care. While in a hospital or rehabilitation center, mobile medical providers will work with the treating physicians to discuss medical conditions, preferences, and goals. Upon return home, they communicate with the patient and family to re-establish goals and a plan of care.

Best news? Your mobile medical service provider can provide care wherever you call home. Whether you are still in your own house, independent living apartment, or assisted living setting, your provider can continue overseeing your health and bring care to you.

Mobile medical services invite patients to be active in their plan of care. They encourage open communication to better understand needs and connect on a level that often can’t be accomplished in a busy doctor’s office. These providers bring a much-needed – and much-celebrated – comprehensive perspective to health care.

High-quality care with a high regard for personal touch are two reasons Mobile Medical Providers are a Resource We Love. Learn more about the convenience and impact of these services in the Resources Section of our Blog.

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