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    I have United Health Care managing my Medicare. For several years now they've been promoting a HouseCalls in-home appointment, where a medical professional (maybe a doctor or nurse) shows up for an hour-long appointment.

    I signed up for this a while back but chickened out. Now I've signed up again (they're offering $15) but keep wondering about why an insurance company needs or wants to have all of this information. It's the kind of information a person's own doctor or clinic has but not an insurance company.


    Has anyone ever had one of these mini at-home checkups?

    I need to have all of my meds in their original bottles "ready to review," be prepared to give a urine sample, have my feet checked, and have the glucose meter handy along with the results of the home testing. They also want "any appointment cards for your doctor and specialists ready." I'm not sure at all why there's a need for appointment cards. I don't always have them (I make appointments by phone), and I don't get why an insurance company wants to know when my upcoming appointments are.

    Maybe they just want to know that I'm not neglecting to make regular appointments?
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    I’d like to know the purpose of the visit. It seems like it would be pretty expensive for them - an hour of a health professional’s time plus travel and the fifteen dollars. That’s a lot to just make sure you’re compliant. On the other hand, that’s the beginning of keeping people out of the hospital and thus saving the really big bucks.

    Let us know if you find out more about their purpose. Interesting. I try not to volunteer anything to my insurance company.
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    They've really been promoting this in a big way. I've had calls and mailings several times a year for several years now. The notice I have about the appointment says:

    "At the end of your visit, the practitioner will leave you with a personalized checklist of items to discuss with your doctor during your next appointment. A summary of what you two talked about will be mailed to you and your doctor."

    Maybe the hope is that another medical professional on the case might uncover some medical problems the regular dcctor missed?
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    They are an insurance company so in the end it has to be about saving them money.

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    Ann is right. This has to be about them and for their good. Like her I never give more information to my insurance company than I have to.

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    They are an insurance company so in the end it has to be about saving them money.

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    Jim and I have received these promotions from UHC, and I'm always suspicious. For Seniors, who are unable to get out to see a doctor or have exams, this might be an appealing thing. A medical professional coming to the home under the auspices of providing care sounds good to some folks.

    The professional might assure you that s/he is there to make sure that you have everything you need. But that's not why they are there. They want to make sure that you need everything you're getting.

    The questions then become: 1. Can a medical professional from an insurance company be impartial and unbiased in assessing a patient's needs in a one hour appointment? 2. If the medical professional deems that you don't need something, who is the authority? The medical professional or your personal physician(s)?

    It may sound like a good idea, but I think it's a little like phishing. And what are they going to do with the data they obtain about you? Data mining possibly?

    You may want to consider canceling this appointment like you did the last one.

    One thing I've learned through aging: Seniors are targets by unscrupulous types.

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    Such good advice here! And I'm going to cancel the appointment.

    I can't think of much good that would come to me from having it, and I don't really want the insurance company prying into my medical situation any more than absolutely necessary.

    And that brings up another question. I get lots of mail from insurance plans wanting me to switch from United Health Care to some other plan. I've noticed that some of them are now offering "free transportation to/from medical appointments." Is this for real? Does this actually work?

    I'd hesitate to use a transportation system that wasn't already pretty well established, and whatever arrangement the insurance companies are using is probably not a well-established one, or else they don't know how to run it very well, I suspect--since they're not in the transportation business.

    But maybe I just take much too dim a view of insurance companies.
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    I’ve wondered about the transportation claim too, Agate. It certainly would attract a lot of seniors.

    I wonder:
    1) if it’s true
    2) is it an Uber or Lyft credit of some sort
    3) is it tied in w the local, established para-transit. I believe our RIDE here in MA is for the disabled and the
    elderly.

    I really can’t think of any other way it could work but some kind of voucher.

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    Healthcare systems and insurances partnering with ride share services:

    https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/s...e-partnerships

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