More than house calls: Why Sacramento doctors are delivering pills to their patients

North Highlands resident Lori Swanson still marvels that her doctor went out of his way to pick up her medication from the pharmacy: “I was not able to get it, and he went out of his way to help me.”

A Medi-Cal patient, Swanson has a foot injury that makes it difficult to get around. She lost her job of 17 years because of the injury, she said, and because she had no income, she lost her home and everything she owned.

Then, last summer, she signed up for a home-based care management program through her insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, she said, and one by one, a multidisciplinary team of caregivers entered her world and helped to restore her to the lifestyle that she had before her medical crisis.


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