Joseph Milano, MD, medical director of Northwell Health’s House Calls program, was named House Call Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) at the group’s annual meeting last month in Rosemont, IL.
The AAHCM House Call Physician of the Year recognizes one home care physician nationwide who provides the highest quality of services and innovative programs and who demonstrates excellent and continued dedication to the field of home care medicine
Dr. Milano has headed Northwell’s House Calls program since 2014. He provides direct care and supervises a multidisciplinary staff to deliver health care to vulnerable and frail elderly patients in their homes in Nassau and Suffolk counties and Queens.
“We congratulate Dr. Milano in receiving the prestigious House Call Physician of the Year award,” said Kristofer Smith, MD senior vice president, Office of Population Health Management at Northwell Health. “He has proven himself to be a dedicated, value-driven and selfless physician in our field.”
Northwell’s House Calls program is a national leader in providing home-based primary care to medically complex seniors with quality outcomes recognized by the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). Part of the federal demonstration project Independence at Home, House Calls received significant quality incentive payments in 2015 and 2016 for its superior health outcomes and ability to reduce health costs at the same time.
“Dr. Milano has been instrumental in growing the House Calls program by more than 50 percent so that our interdisciplinary staff is able to serve a census of approximately 1,250 patients daily,” said Dr. Smith. “With the strong support of his staff, Dr. Milano has helped to enhance services to patients and to improve the quality and operational reliability of the program.”
Patients in Northwell’s House Calls program receive coordinated care, similar to treatment and referrals they would get from a primary care physician, such as ultrasounds, radiology, electrocardiogram (EKG), sleep studies, lab work, physical exams, occupational and speech therapy, social work services, as well as intravenous fluids and prescription refills. Physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians are available for urgent, same-day visits during the week. The House Calls team also is accessible 24/7 to answer clinical questions from patients and caregivers, or arrange urgent services.
Before joining Northwell’s House Calls, Dr. Milano was chief of palliative medicine at Huntington Hospital from 2010-14. He also worked in the psychiatry and substance abuse field at Holliswood Hospital in Queens and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Board-certified in palliative and hospice care and internal medicine, Dr. Milano earned his MD degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical and fellowship in palliative medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. In 2015, Dr. Milano was named an under-40 inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
Dr. Milano is a member of the AAHPM, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and serves as eastern regional chairman for Northwell Health’s Palliative Committee.
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AAHCM is a professional organization serving the needs of thousands of physicians and related professionals and agencies interested in improving care of patients in the home. AAHCM delivers on the promise of interdisciplinary, high value health care in the home for all people in need by promoting the art, science and practice of home care medicine. The AAHCM membership is comprised of physicians, medical directors, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, registered nurses, social workers, practice administrators, and residents/students working in the field of home care medicine.
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