Home Care Near Scripps Ranch: Small Medical Practices in Trouble

Small Practices Home Care Near Scripps Ranch

Traditional Small, Single-Physician Medical Practices Increasingly Likely To Disappear

Many people love the personal, long-term relationships that they enjoy at a small-scale doctor’s office. Seniors enjoying home care near Scripps Ranch and elsewhere get an important sense of security from visiting their doctor at a small, intimate office that doesn’t have the bustling, stressful atmosphere of a hospital or other large facility.

Small Practices in Trouble

With Medicare enrollment growing quickly and reimbursement amounts for doctors at painfully low levels, experts are warning that many physicians will no longer be able to accept Medicare patients. Recent studies support that warning, and indicate that the situation for many small practices is even worse than we thought. Not only are many doctors planning to stop taking new Medicare patients, but 26 percent of small practice owners report that they might close down altogether within the next year.

Financial Hardship

Those working in home care near Scripps Ranch are well aware that the economic downturn has seriously hurt the health care industry. Upcoming changes to the nation’s health care law would make matters even worse, expanding Medicare eligibility and sending more low-reimbursement patients to doctors. Over half of the small practices surveyed reported that three-quarters of their income was already from Medicare reimbursements, meaning that any new patients will have a hard time finding openings with small practice doctors.

Home Care near Scripps Ranch: Larger Practices May Be the Future

Seniors using home care near Scripps Ranch might soon find themselves forced to switch to large-scale practices and hospitals, rather than the small practices they are used to. With over a quarter of small practices predicting the possibility of closing sometime in the coming year, consider yourself fortunate if your elderly loved one’s doctor is one of those that is able to stay in operation.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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