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UnitedHealth's HouseCalls program hits 5M visits with a focus on preventative care

May 11, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

In the end, it was a simple urine test that saved Paul Engwall’s life. The 72-year-old Lyndon, Illinois, the resident saw his primary care doctor regularly and considered himself healthy, so he was reluctant to take a house call offered by his Medicare Advantage insurer. But after a friend died of cancer, he and his wife, Lorna, reconsidered. In November 2016, they scheduled a visit with Hesper Nowatzki, a nurse practitioner with UnitedHealthcare’s HouseCalls program. After what seemed like an ordinary assessment, Paul’s urine dipstick test revealed an “outrageously abnormal amount of protein,” according to Nowatzki