Home medical visits, or the house call, appear to represent at least a partial solution to controlling escalating health care costs for America's costliest patients.

The first year's results of a three-year study created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act strongly suggest that medical providers who include house calls to homebound Medicare patients in the practice can hold down the cost of care without sacrificing quality.

The study, Independence At Home, is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The first three years were completed this spring, but CMS only released results for year one.

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