HBPC Productivity and Panel Size Standards
In a home-based primary care practice (HBPC), many factors determine optimal productivity and panel size standards (i.e., the number of individual patients under the care of a specific provider). These include payment structure, practice model, outcome goals, geography/travel times, and more. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the...
April 28th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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The Power of Three, One Year Later: The John A. Hartford Foundation Grant Recipients Continue to Advance Home-Based Primary Care
The pandemic has significantly underscored the need for, and awareness of, home-based care models. Within this new landscape, recipients of The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) three-year grant, Moving and Scaling Home-Based Primary Care Phase II: Quality, Training and Advocacy, have made significant progress toward their goal of improving care...
April 19th, 2021
Categories: Benefits of HBPC, Training & Education
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CMS Updates on Payment Models
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently accepting applications for Cohort 2 of practices and payer partners interested in participating in the Primary Care First model. To be responsive to stakeholder’s needs and allow more practices the opportunity to apply, CMS has extended the...
April 19th, 2021
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In-Home Counseling for Patients, Families and Caregivers
About the Article: HCCInsights sat down with Cherish Reinwald, Executive Director, In-Home Counseling, to learn more about her organization, and how her network can support home-based primary care providers and practices in the Chicago area, Illinois, and across the country.   HCCInsights: Would you provide some background...
April 13th, 2021
Categories: Benefits of HBPC, Caregiver Stories
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Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Changes: Important Clarification for House Call Providers
With many changes coming out recently from CMS, providers and practices can find it difficult to keep track. So, HCCI is providing the following clarifications about one set of changes that has been creating significant confusion among house call providers. The new CMS 2021 documentation guidelines for the...
February 25th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
As the Public Health Emergency (PHE) continues, providers and practices are now challenged to receive, prepare, and administer vaccines to home-limited patients. Here is a list of reliable resources that practices can reference to stay informed on the most current guidelines: Clinical References CDC Vaccinating Homebound Persons...
February 25th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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Humana Teams Up with DispatchHealth to Deliver Hospital-Level Care in the Home
News from the field of home-based primary care as Humana partners with DispatchHealth to provide hospital-level care in the home to its members with multiple chronic conditions. Home Health Care News By Joyce Famakinwa | February 1, 2021 To better care for...
February 11th, 2021
Categories: Benefits of HBPC
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Implications for Home-Based Care Providers in the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule
On December 1,  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. The MPFS Final Rule includes payment and policy changes that will significantly impact home-based care providers. Decreased Reimbursement for Home and Domiciliary Visits...
December 18th, 2020
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Coordinating Acute/Urgent Visits
Coordinating acute or urgent visit requests in an HBPC practice is essential to helping medically complex patients avoid hospitalizations and unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits. Consider these strategies for taking unexpected schedule changes in stride: Develop a clear system for triaging patients to ensure the appropriate clinical staff...
December 17th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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Preparing for Flu Season
Flu season is always challenging and, with the current Public Health Emergency (PHE), advance planning will be even more important. Here are some tips to help you prepare: Order the appropriate quantity of flu shots. Review usage trends from past years, including how many were ordered versus how...
October 7th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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