Biography

Board certified in Internal Medicine and specializing in the care of complex patients, Dr. Taavoni has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and interviewed extensively on radio and television.  She has been lauded for providing outstanding care to the community’s highest-needs, highest-cost residents, and creating what is now the nation’s leading practice dedicated to physician home visits: Doctors Making Housecalls (DMHC).

Based largely on Dr. Taavoni’s leadership as Chief Medical Officer, Doctors Making Housecalls has grown from a 2-physician practice in the summer of 2002, to a multispecialty group of 75 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners making 85,000 visits a year to homes, assisted living facilities, and businesses throughout North Carolina.  DMHC is one of only 15 practices nationwide selected to participate in Medicare’s groundbreaking Independence At Home Demonstration Project, and has been one of the best-performing practices in that demonstration — one of many reasons DMHC is widely renowned as the “gold standard” of home-based primary care practices in the nation.

Dr. Taavoni’s pioneering vision of a practice dedicated to physician home visits is being duplicated around the country, including in many top academic centers. The practice blends cutting-edge technology with personal, patient-centered care, to bring “the best medicine has to offer” into the most convenient, comfortable locations. The net effect is better care and lower cost for both patients and communities.

Dr. Taavoni likes to highlight how Doctors Making Housecalls “transforms” the delivery of care for a wide range of patients, from busy “on-the-go” executives to elderly patients for whom getting a timely appointment with a physician, or even leaving home, is an ordeal. “When it’s tough to connect with a physician, people tend not to go, often until it’s too late,” she points out. “Before we came on the scene, our patients lurched from crisis to crisis, often winding up in the emergency room or hospital.  Our practice replaces reactive, crisis-oriented care with the proactive, prevention oriented care.  It saves money, improves quality, and makes for much happier patients…and families.”

“The way we accomplish all that is really very simple,” she continues. “By seeing patients in their own environment, our clinicians can see patients in a timely manner and spend whatever time their condition warrants.  We also take full responsibility for coordinating our patient’s care across all treatment levels and places, which reduces or eliminates fragmenation and the problems associated with transitions of care.”

“Our practice sees patients in many different settings, from private residences to private businesses and senior living communities.  We do not see patients in nursing homes; part of our mission is to keep our patients out of those places.”  According to Taavoni, there are many reasons the care a physician can provide  in the patient’s own environment is far superior to what is possible in the typical outpatient setting.  “Patients are much more comfortable in their own environment, so they open up to us and convey information that can be crucial to caring from them effectively and humanistically,” she explains.

“By the same token,” she continues, “our physicians can take whatever time they need to get to know patients as people, and evaluate the physical and social context within which they function. That, too, leads to more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment plans.”

Working with people in their own environment also makes it feasible for us to interact extensively with their family. We can provide the guidance family caregivers need to properly support their loved ones — and take better care of themselves.

Specialty

Internal Medicine with a special interest in the care of complex patients.

Professional Experience

2002 – Present  Doctors Making Housecalls

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of a Medical Group Practice consisting of 75 Clinicians making 85,000 home visits annually to frail, complex elderly patients throughout North Carolina.

Project Manager for the practice’s participation in CMS’s pioneering Independence At Home Demonstration, which includes only 15 practices nationwide.

Internal Medicine Faculty – Supervising Physician for 15 Physician Assistants

1995 – 2002  Capital Family Medicine – Staff Internist

1989 – 1995  KRON Medical Corporation – Staff Internist

1979 – 1982   The George Washington University Hospital – Department of Hematology -Medical Technologist

Fellowships

1993   UNC Business School -UNC-KRON Scholars Program: Five week management training for physicians

1991    University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Rheumatology

Residency

1989   University of Hawaii Hospitals – Residency

1988   Johns Hopkins University – Greater Baltimore Medical Center – Residency

1987   Johns Hopkins University – Greater Baltimore Medical Center – Internship

Education

1986   St. Georges University – Doctor of Medicine

1979   George Washington University – Bachelors of Science, Medical Technology

Board Certifications and Associations

Certification: 1989 – Internal Medicine, Valid Indefinitely

American Medical Association

American College of Physicians

North Carolina Medical Society