As we've discussed in previous posts, the U.S. healthcare system is currently undergoing something of a seismic shift regarding physician compensation. Specifically, the model of paying physicians per appointment, per test ordered, etc. is slowly being replaced with one in which physicians are being compensated for keeping their patients healthy.
While we tend to think of health care as being provided solely in places like hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices, the reality is that it is frequently provided in the comfort of people's own home. By way of example, consider the burgeoning field of telemedicine, which enables people to see a physician or nurse practitioner via the internet, and, of course, home health care providers.