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Deaver Shattuck was born in Knoxville and raised in Clinton. A charter member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, he was the original hospitalist at Blount Memorial Hospital where he still practices. He founded and is medical director of Blount Hospitalists. He has served at BMH as chief of staff and spearheaded the following quality initiatives: he championed the hospital's EMR implementation, established the sepsis team, and led the effort for the hospital to become a primary stroke center. He continues to serve as medical director for the stroke program.

With the business success of Blount Hospitalists, Dr. Shattuck knew he wanted to do more - more to serve patients in need, specifically the senior population. He partnered with his friend Dr. Teresa Catron and co-founded what has grown to be the largest private geriatric group in Tennessee, Blount Senior Care Partners (BSCP).

BSCP provides complete care in a unique model from several venues: their geriatric specialty clinic, all of the long term care, rehab, and assisted living facilities in Blount County, as well as Blount Memorial Hospital. They have developed service lines not just in specialty geriatric care, but also foot and wound care. They also provide the only fully integrated geriatric focused mental health services in the area.

These service lines were created to not only treat patients' urgent needs, but to genuinely care for them - to provide a model of treatment where patients are truly known by their physicians; they're not just another name on the chart. Heartened by the growth and the clinical excellence of these groups he decided to expand this unique care model into Knoxville with HouseCall Primary Care.

Dr. Shattuck serves on Tennessee's Stroke Best Practices Task Force and on the church council at St. John's Lutheran. He often presents on stroke care and on our community's addiction epidemic. He and his wife, Christie, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and have 5 children.

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Dr. Gillespie is a board certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been the medical director at the Senior Behavioral Unit, at Lafollette Medical Center over 14 years. He was born in Oak Ridge and graduated from Oak Ridge High School. He graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia and completed residency at the department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center. He worked at Plateau Mental Health Center in Cookeville, TN for 4 years. He was the founding medical director of the Adult Psychiatric Unit at Baptist Hospital and worked there for 12 years with Psychiatric Associates. In 2003 he began supervising nurse practitioners in long term care settings in Middle and East Tennessee through SyMed, Vericare, and MedOptions. In January 2015 he was elected to the status of Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Gillespie has been married 43 years to Peggy Williamson Gillespie, also of Oak Ridge. Their grown daughters both live in the Silicon Valley area of California. He enjoys the east Tennessee lifestyle with camping, hiking, and lake fun. His hobbies include photography, video, computers, camera collecting, and reading books on tape.

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Dr. Floyd grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in "small town America," Laurens, SC – population 10,000. He received his MD degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He started a general medical practice in Greenwood, SC to be near sick parents after completing an Internship and part of a Family Medicine Residency at Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson, SC. After his parents died, he returned to medical training to do an internship and residency in Internal medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. He stayed on as Chief Medical Resident in 1997 and joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in 1998. During that time completed a Master of Pharmacology. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Floyd held many positions at Meharry including Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, Director of the Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic at Meharry, and Director of The Medicine Clinic at Nashville General Hospital, the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center, and Bordeaux Skilled Nursing Home. Other experiences at Meharry included Clinical Research on the peculiarities of drug metabolism in African Americans and authorship of a Text of Medicine Chapter on "Alternative Medicine." His honors include membership in AOA National Medical Honor Society. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians and The Society of General Internal Medicine, which are both Internal Medicine national physician groups.

In the summer of 2010, he "retired to East Tennessee" and has been a full time hospitalist at Blount Memorial Hospital since. He also serves as an attending at local nursing homes and is Co-Medical Director of the Sevierville Health and Recovery Center.

Dr. Floyd is married to Monica Helgeson Floyd and they have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. They enjoy spending family time with the kids and grandkids at their mountain home in the Laurel Valley community. Dr. Floyd is an avid golfer, enjoys all types of music and "fine dining with a glass of wine."

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Dr. Kennedy is a board-certified Psychiatrist with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been practicing in Knoxville since 1990. Dr. Kennedy is originally from Knoxville and graduated from the Webb School of Knoxville. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and he graduated from UT Medical School in Memphis. He completed his internship at the University of Virginia, Psychiatry residency at the University of Louisville Hospitals and added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kennedy was the medical director of the Geriatric Assessment Program for over 20 years and the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital for 10 years. He is currently the medical director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at Tennova Lafollette Medical Center. In addition, he has been the medical director and provided direct mental health services to several local assisted living facilities.

Dr. Kennedy enjoys running, biking, kayaking in the Knoxville area. He also enjoys travel and spending time with his three children who are spread around the country.

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Dr. Marlette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2013. He graduated from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2017. He served as chief resident in primary care and completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 2020 at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.

His interests include preventive medicine, medical ethics and palliative care. He also enjoys walking his golden retriever and following college football.

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Dr. Fleming was born in Texas, raised in a suburb of Chattanooga and moved to Knoxville as a college freshman. With family in the area, she fell in love with the city (and her husband!) and knew she wouldn’t leave Knoxville for long. She completed undergrad at UT in finance and small business management. She then attended medical school at UT Health Sciences Center in Memphis and completed residency in Internal Medicine at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

Dr. Fleming practiced primary care in an outpatient setting for 5 years before stepping back to spend time with her 3 beautiful children and husband. She loves the long term relationships she forms with patients in a primary care setting and the satisfaction of improving patients’ health over time. Dr. Fleming loves teaching patients, friends and family alike about how to improve their health and reach their medical goals.

In her free time, Dr. Fleming loves to travel, volunteer at her church and her children’s schools, spend time with family and friends, watch her children’s and UT’s sports, and explore our beautiful city/region.

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Dr Kayleigh Litton was born in Knoxville, TN and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Maryville College, where she graduated summa cum laude. In 2012, she earned her Medical Degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in 2015 at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she served one year as Chief Resident.

For Dr Litton, one of the greatest rewards of being a physician is forming lasting relationships with patients to help them live their best life. She focuses on individualizing patient care based upon each person's unique situation.

In her spare time, Dr Litton enjoys watching UT Sports, playing in the beautiful lakes of East Tennessee, traveling and spending time with her husband Scott.

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Dr. Helms was born in Mississippi and moved throughout the southeast for many years until his family settled in Farragut his senior year in high school. He went to Carson Newman College for his undergraduate and then completed medical school in Kentucky. He began his residency in at UT Medical Center in 2009 and has practiced as a hospitalist physician since this time.

In addition to caring for those in need, Dr Helms enjoys watersports on Norris Lake with his wife Sarah, 2 young children Allie and Reed and of course… man’s best friend - his dog Winston. When he is not on the lake you can find Dr Helms on the golf course.

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Ms. Humphreys appreciates the opportunity to serve the community. She is Board Certified in Adult Health Nursing from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Board Eligible in Geriatric Care from the University of Tennessee.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University. She worked to establish the James H. Quillen College of Medicine's Psychiatry Department. As a team member creating Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Johnson City, TN, she became their first assistant administrator. East Tennessee Baptist Hospital of Knoxville, TN recruited her as their Administrative Director to successfully establish and accredit the Senior Behavioral Unit providing inpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Having come from a medical family, she attended the University of Tennessee and obtained the Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduating Summa Cum Laude and the Master of Science in Nursing. She extended her postgraduate education to become Board Eligible in Geriatric Care.

Ms. Humphreys has experience providing nursing care in emergent acute and chronic conditions in both adult and geriatric populations. She has three years of experience in emergent acute care, eight years in hospital inpatient psychiatric care, 12 years in nursing home psychiatric care, and five years in comprehensive care to patients in assisted living, skilled nursing and long term care facilities.

Ms. Humphreys and her husband, Larry, have two adult children and four grandchildren. They enjoy playing flute and clarinet in the church orchestra, playing with their grandchildren and traveling.

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Heath is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He began his nursing career in 2007 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Nursing. He obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Carson-Newman University in 2014. He is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the State of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Heath worked as a hospitalist with experience in the intensive care unit while at Blount Memorial Hospital. He currently provides home visits through HouseCall Primary Care. Heath worked to obtain specialty certification through the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification Board. He was trained in wound and foot care specialties at Emory University in Atlanta. He is excited to offer specialized care to patients with wounds. He also obtained foot care certification dealing with disease and trauma to the foot and nail.

Heath was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard in 2007 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received the Tennessee Adjunct General's Ribbon of Valor for saving a young man's life while out of the country. He obtained security/police and EMT training while in the Air Force. This training was used during multiple deployments to Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also was activated to assist in recovery efforts in Waveland Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

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Heath has an intense desire to bring medical care to the client's home. He believes that healthcare does not have to be difficult or confusing. He believes that in order to give excellent care he must be able to see how the client lives in order to accurately and holistically provide care.

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Ashton Watson is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2010, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN. She later earned her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Carson Newman in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the state of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Ashton started her career in critical care medicine. She went on to become a Nurse Practitioner and began her career in the field of geriatrics. She currently works in skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted living facilities.

Ashton is married and has two beautiful children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, Tennessee football, and traveling as much as possible!

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Noelle received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tennessee Wesleyan University in 2011. She began her nursing career working with the pediatric population at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in the cardiac subspecialty. During this time, Noelle also worked with Norris Academy, a psychiatric facility that provides care to children with a variety of neurodevelopmental needs. It was in this position she decided to further pursue her education in the mental health field.

Noelle graduated with her master’s degree in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in 2020. While pursuing her nurse practitioner, Noelle was introduced to the geriatric population for the first time and realized her desire to work closely with these patients. She enjoyed many clinical hours training in the nursing home and assisted living settings.

Although originally from Pennsylvania, Noelle has called Knoxville home for most of her life. Noelle and her husband live in west Knoxville with their beloved puppy, Chico. When not at work, you can find Noelle spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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Megan Givens began her nursing career in 2013, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. She worked on an acute care cardiac unit for 6 years and then decided to advance her learning to become an Advanced Practice Nurse. She graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2020 and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Megan provides care to residents in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities and uses a holistic approach when caring for her geriatric patients. She is passionate about serving others and strives to make a difference in each person’s life with whom she comes in contact.

Megan was born in Chattanooga, TN but now resides in Strawberry Plains, TN with her two dogs Bentley and Milly. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys playing volleyball, going hiking in the mountains, relaxing on the beach, and watching Tennessee football.

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Heather Joachim is a board-certified, Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from California Baptist University and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Heather began her nursing career in 2015 in ICU step-down and neuro-intensive critical care. After obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing, she began practicing as Family Nurse Practitioner in the primary care setting. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University.

Heather is passionate about serving our geriatric population and always strives to deliver care that is patient centered and individualized to your unique goals and needs.

Originally born and raised in Southern California, Heather moved to Knoxville in 2020. She married her husband, Adam, in 2016 and they have one beautiful daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, skiing and spending her days on Knoxville’s beautiful lakes.

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Susan Wall is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while working full time as a bedside nurse. She then earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the goal to influence the delivery of healthcare. She continued her educational endeavors graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has extensive clinical experience and expertise from over 20 years of nursing experience. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the State of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Currently, she serves as nursing faculty preparing the next generation of family nurse practitioners and enhancing care in underserved populations. Her practice has been in the outpatient clinic setting and Skilled Nursing Facilities with a primary focus on geriatric care.

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Susan was born in Maryland and grew up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay before moving to Central Virginia in her mid-teens. From an early age, she was fascinated with health and the body and was certain by age five that she wanted to be a nurse. In 1997, she married Randy and relocated to North Carolina. In 2007, she and her family moved to Knoxville and have never looked back. They have on son, Jared, who is now attending the University of Tennessee majoring in biology. She loves hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Maggie Bonifacio was born and raised in the small town of Greeneville, TN. She attended Lincoln Memorial University for her BSN and worked at Peninsula Behavioral Hospital as a RN where she found love for working in mental health. She attended the MSN Psychiatric Mental Health program at Lincoln Memorial University and is a board certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has worked in geriatric mental health since 2012.

Her experience as a provider has primarily been in skilled nursing facilities, but she also maintains a private practice and previously worked inpatient psychiatry. While she has enjoyed her work outside of long term care, she feels most fulfilled helping elderly populations and is very lucky to have found her dream job early in life.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters and husband. She prefers being outside and can be found camping, swimming, and hiking on her days off.

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Shannon is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been a paramedic for over twenty years and finished her nursing degree in 2011. Her nursing career was focused on emergency care, critical care and home health, while finishing her Master’s degree from Maryville University. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Shannon was born in Ontario, Canada, but moved to Sarasota, Florida with her mother and brother in 1980 and then to Tennessee in 1998. Her mother was a RN and from an early age, knew she would be in the medical field. She is married and enjoys spending time with their 2 horses, 2 dogs and 4 kitties when she’s not working. She has spent the last 2 years of her career caring for homebound patients as well as long term care patients and feels this is her true love.

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Jenna is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her clinical career as RN and team leader on a med-surg unit. Her time as an RN helped solidify her passion for the geriatric population. She felt a calling to care for & be the voice for those who cannot always speak for themselves.

Jenna graduated with her master's in nursing in 2018 from Lincoln Memorial University. She provides care in local nursing homes and assisted livings, enabling her to help seniors maximize their mental health. Jenna is a Knoxville native, born and raised. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband, young son and family. She enjoys reading, going to church, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats!

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Hannah earned her bachelor's in nursing from King University and started her nursing career at the University of Tennessee Medical Center with the Vascular Surgery and Transplant service. There she worked with these complex patients for several years. She decided to advance her learning and become a Nurse Practitioner earning her degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Hannah knows that it is a privilege to provide care for people in her community and she believes that the best approach to healthcare is focused on the patient from a holistic perspective.

Hannah is a Knoxville native, and loves all things rocky top! When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, cuddling with her dog, and soaking up some sun.

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Trisha is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2008 after graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan University with her BSN in Nursing. She obtained a Masters from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the State of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Trisha was born and raised in Blount County Tennessee where her family can be traced back nine generations. Even though she was raised as a "small town girl" her nursing career has taken her from Tennessee to Alaska to California and Florida in areas of CCU, ICU and Emergency Room nursing. After six years of this fast pace nursing she thought she would remain in the hospital setting as a Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist but soon decided that outpatient care was where she belonged. Trisha has spent the last two years in the outpatient clinic setting in a rural area with a very large population of elder patients and it was here that she found her love of assisting and caring for that group of patients.

Trisha is a diehard Tennessee Volunteer fan as an alumni with a degree in Zoology in 1996 from UT. She will tell you that her family, soul and loves are here in Tennessee though she has a heart for Alaska and living there.

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Amy received her nurse practitioner in 2016, and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Amy has 6 years nursing experience from working in urban hospitals in Knoxville, TN and Louisville, KY. She has gained experience in a variety of environments including the ER, rehabilitation units, psychiatric and ICU units, among others. Since her first position as an RN, Amy discovered her favorite patient population is the elderly. "In the process of attending to their health care needs, they share their rich life experiences and knowledge with me."

Amy received a BA in 1989 from the University of TN. After completing her first career choice as a stay at home mother of three children, Amy began pursuing her second passion in life, caring for others. She received her nursing degrees from Lincoln Memorial University, King College and Maryville University, respectively.

Amy is mother to 3 children, Lucie, Holt and Georgi. When not practicing nursing, she enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, hiking the Great Smoky Mountains and cheering on the TN Vols when it's football time in Tennessee!

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Sheri Driver was born and raised in Knoxville. She received both her BSN and MSN degrees from Lincoln Memorial University where she specialized in Psychiatric and Mental Health. She is board certified

Sheri started her career as an RN working in the emergency department and went on to work in the post anesthesia care unit of an outpatient surgery center. She has found her home in the geriatric population and appreciates the opportunity to help them improve their quality of life.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son in the outdoors and watching sports (Go Vols!) If they are not at the ball field, you can find them enjoying the lake or camping.

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Brooke Chalmers is a certified physician assistant by the National Certification Committee for Physician Assistants and is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee and Iowa. After graduating with her masters in physician assistant studies, she completed a one-year psychiatric fellowship for advanced practice providers at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. During this fellowship, she received specialized training in geriatric psychiatry, child psychiatry, neurology, sleep medicine and outpatient and inpatient detox. Throughout the year, Brooke saw patients on the inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient psychiatric clinic, and in the Crisis Observation Center. She also spent time doing psychiatric consultations throughout the hospital.

Brooke grew up in Portland, Oregon and has slowly made her way eastward over the years. She and her husband, Robert, recently moved to the Knoxville area to complete his residency program at University of Tennessee Medical Center. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, spending time with family, doing outdoor activties, visiting wineries, and enjoying a night out at a local restaurant.

Brooke is passionate about extending access to psychiatric care and providing mental healthcare to the community. She also enjoys serving those who have struggled with addiction and are trying to learn how to live free from drugs.

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Billianne has a special heart for helping people. She began her career in business, but was able to realize her childhood dream of becoming a nurse in 2002. She distinguished herself in her first job as a ward nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital earning several honors and awards. In 2010, she partnered with Dr. Shattuck to form Blount Hospitalists, PC where she serves as the clinical practice manager. In 2015, she was instrumental in the formation of HouseCall Primary Care where she combines her strong business acumen with her passion for helping people from the perspective of a nurse. She manages the full operations of our rapidly expanding group.

Billianne moved to Knoxville in 1997. She has been married to her best friend Kyle for 15 years. They live in Knoxville and have a gifted handsome young son. She enjoys beer, baseball games, relaxing with her family and traveling to new places.

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JASMINE DAVIS, Medical Assistant

Jasmine graduated from National college in 2014 earning an associated degree of science and is our medical assistant. Jasmine is a self-driven, determined and compassionate. When she’s not spend-ing quality time with her son, Damarkus, she enjoys working out, doing braids and hanging out with her friends.

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ERICA KYLE, Office Coordinator

Erica has contagious enthusiasm for her work. She is a service driven person who loves coordinating patient care. Verifying insurance & referrals is a passion of hers to ensure patients can receive the best care possible.

Upon graduating from high school, Erica went to work in social services at the Knox County Health Department for many years. She has always enjoyed helping patients with their needs throughout her career. She plans to continue her education in January.

Erica is very active in her community. She lives in Knoxville with Troy, her husband of 18 years. They have 4 children together. Erica enjoys reading, traveling, shopping and spends every chance she gets with her family.

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Why do doctors make House calls? ›

Doctors and other specialists make house calls to care for patients in an effort to keep these patients out of hospitals while keeping them as healthy as possible. These house calls are often a part of a wider home-based care program that can also include remote health monitoring and palliative care.

Is there an app for doctors to do home visits? ›

Although some house call apps like Heal and FirstLine do work with certain insurance companies, most of these services are completely private. This means that prices can be steep – a regular visit from a physician costs $200 through Pager, $199-$249 through Medicast, and $199 from both FirstLine and Mend.

Why do doctors no longer do house calls? ›

We think the reason doctors rarely make house calls is money. Doctors can charge, but it is hard to charge enough to justify the time it takes to drive door-to-door, fill the tank and attend lengthy visits. Thus, the house call has faded into history.

When did doctors stop doing housecalls? ›

House calls used to make up 40 percent of U.S. doctors' visits in the 1940s, before going into decline in the 1960s. These days, they comprise less than one percent of consultations.

Can you pay for a doctor to come to your house? ›

Home Visit GP - London

Experienced private GPs can visit you at your home, hotel or office. You can choose a time or ask for the doctor to attend as soon as possible. We can arrange for a doctors visit for both private individuals and companies.

How do you bill a doctor's home visit? ›

CPT Home Services Codes
  1. 99341 – Home visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient. ...
  2. 99342 – Same as above, but this is a moderate severity problem requiring 30 minutes.
  3. 99343 – Moderate to high severity problem requiring 30 minutes.
  4. 99344 – High severity problem requiring 60 minutes.
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Do doctors come to your house? ›

GPs tend to visit a patient at home when: the patient is confined due to illness or disability. urgent treatment can be given more quickly by visiting.

Do doctors still make house calls in the US? ›

This is one of the reasons why house call doctors still exist in certain parts of the country. While there aren't as many house call doctors working today, studies have shown that the number of house calls that take place are increasing.

Why do doctors only have 15 minutes? ›

No one knows exactly why 15 minutes became the norm, but many experts trace the time crunch back to Medicare's 1992 adoption of a byzantine formula that relies on “relative value units,” or RVUs, to calculate doctors' fees.

What medical specialties have no call? ›

Radiology & Pathology have basically no patient contact. Anesthesiologists & EMed docs have brief and efficient patient interactions.

Does Dr House ever lose a patient? ›

Someone always bets against Dr. House but they never win. Only roughly eight patients actually die, so the success rates give you hope. At the end of each episode, you know there will be catharsis.

Why are so many doctors going concierge? ›

To Make Practicing Medicine More Rewarding

Along with the benefits previously mentioned for patients and physicians, concierge medicine allows practices to reduce overhead costs and prevent doctor burnout. This is the second most important reason primary care physicians switch to concierge medicine.

What years did doctors make house calls? ›

In 1930, house calls were standard practice for physicians, accounting for approximately 40 percent of patient visits. By 1950, this number had fallen to 10 percent, and by 1980, only about 1 percent of patient visits happened in the home.

Why do doctors knock before entering the room? ›

"Knocking on the door before entering is the first step in building trust and showing respect." In an essay from 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Michael Kahn takes this one step further by proposing "etiquette-based medicine" as a guideline for physician behavior.

Do doctors do house calls now? ›

A GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it. A GP can also decide how urgently a visit is needed.

Why does my doctor want a telephone consultation? ›

Doctors on the telephone are less likely to elicit additional concerns than in face-to-face consultations, and ask fewer questions when patients present self-diagnosed problems or describe problems with treatment.

Do doctors get paid for phone calls? ›

Some physicians are paid when they're on-call. Some aren't. It all depends on where you work and your medical specialty. Certain physicians are more likely to receive on-call compensation than others, especially those with surgical specialties.

Do doctors like when you arrive early? ›

Be on time to your appointment.

Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for your appointment (or know how to connect and sign in ahead of time if it's virtual). Doing so will give you plenty of time to check in and have your vitals monitored (like your height, weight and blood pressure).

What happens if a doctor sleeps with a patient? ›

With regard to sexual conduct malpractice, a doctor that engages in a sexual or romantic relationship with current or former patients may still be found to have committed medical malpractice.

How many seconds before a doctor typically interrupts a patient? ›

Doctors Give Patients Just 11 Seconds Before Interrupting

How well do physicians really listen during a patient encounter? A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that, on average, patients get about 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before they are interrupted by their doctors.

Can doctors talk about patients at home? ›

The privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) prohibits doctors and other medical professionals from publicly disclosing health-related identifiable information about patients, their household members, and their relatives.

How do you get a home visit from a doctor? ›

To book a Medical Home Visit or Online Consultation you can simply contact us every day from 08.30 am to 05.30 pm, at 020 36375657, or through our website form or chat. We will take care of your request and arrange the home appointment as soon as possible and according to the very first availability and your schedule.

Can a doctor make a diagnosis over the phone? ›

Some health issues don't require a doctor visit IRL and can be diagnosed over the phone or video chat.

Why face-to-face appointments are better? ›

Interaction in telephone consultations is continuous and orderly, but in face-to-face consultations there are periods of silence that facilitate the introduction of additional topics, including social speech and rapport building.

What do I say in a doctor's phone appointment? ›

Hello, my name is [say your first name]. I'm calling to book an appointment with Dr [name of GP] on [day you're available]. I'm calling to book an appointment with Dr [name of GP] as soon as possible please. Thanks, I'd like to come at 3pm on Tuesday.

Can you bill for a phone call with a patient? ›

The phone call must be for analysis or decision making that requires the physician. In other words, you should not be billing for a patient phone call that is simply to request to reschedule an upcoming office visit.

Does a phone call count as telehealth? ›

Telehealth is done primarily online with internet access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. There are several options for telehealth care: Talk to your health care provider live over the phone or video chat.

Why do doctors offices not allow cell phones? ›

Pictures Can Impact Patient Privacy

What they're doing on those phones may seem harmless – it's no trouble if a patient sends an email or plays Angry Birds while he's waiting – but could be more compromising than you realize. Cellphone cameras enable patients to snap pictures in your office.


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