homebound patient receiving home-based primary careHome-based primary care (HBPC), also known as the “modern-day house call,” provides medical care to frail, medically complex patients who are either homebound or home-limited. These are patients for whom visiting a doctor in their office is either difficult or impossible. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants provide ongoing care to these patients in their homes – often through to the end of their lives. Thanks to advances in modern technology, a visit can even include lab tests, an EKG, x-ray, ultrasound, and more. House calls have not only been proven to dramatically improve health outcomes and the quality of life for patients and their caregivers, but also can reduce the overall cost of care by reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) is a national nonprofit organization focused on scaling home-based primary care and bringing it into the healthcare mainstream. In addition to being an authoritative source for clinical and operational best practices for house call programs, HCCI is advancing the field through education, consulting, research, and advocacy.

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