By: Kirk Seminoff, September 12

Wichita Business Journal

Patients needing in-home health care in the Wichita area may need to closely check who they’re calling for services.

Companies with similar names will begin competing in the area after an Oklahoma medical provider bought out Wichita’s Mobile Medical.

Physician Housecalls, which serves 21 Oklahoma counties, will begin work in south-central Kansas after it acquired Mobile Medical, a team of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses providing in-home health care to primarily Medicare and Medicaid patients since 2011.

The new-to-Wichita company isn’t to be confused with Physician House Calls of Kansas, which is doctors and nurse practitioners providing house calls for homebound patients.

Mobile Medical CEO Angie King said Physician Housecalls’ acquisition made sense and will be a help for patients.

“Physician Housecalls will take our team to the next level, providing patients with exceptional care and top-notch customer service,” King said in a statement. “We are excited about what this means for people who choose the convenience and safety of home-based care.”

King will stay on with the company, as will all Mobile Medical employees.

Physician Housecalls said it will be the largest house-call provider in Kansas and Oklahoma and one of the top 10 nationally, making more than 2,000 in-home visits per month.