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Illinois House Call Project: Cohort 2

Launching the Second Cohort of the Illinois House Call Project

Home-based primary care staff

  • HCCI has officially launched the application process for the second cohort of the Illinois House Call Project.
  • Our second cohort will include highly qualified Illinois medical practices, including independent entities, those affiliated with hospital systems, and hospice and palliative care programs looking to add or expand their home-based primary care services.
  • Each selected practice will designate up to three “Home Centered Care Champions” (providers and practice professionals) to lead their work.
  • With the addition of this new cohort, the new goal of the ILHCP will be to collectively enroll 6,000 new homebound or home-limited people in their homes from 2022 to 2026.
  • HCCI will provide the Champions with expertise, guidance, and comprehensive resources, including education, consulting, tools, market analysis, marketing/PR training, and the opportunity to receive capacity-building funding ─ so they are well-positioned to lead and champion home-based primary care across the state.
  • See how HCCI supports the cohort

Objectives of Cohort 2

  • Increase home-based primary care (HBPC) patient enrollment by collectively enrolling and serving a total of 6,000 new homebound patients by 2026.
  • Foster the growth of high-performing practices by focusing on adding or expanding HBPC that demonstrates quality improvement of patient outcomes.
  • Raise awareness of the value of HBPC among the Illinois public (healthcare consumers) and the healthcare profession in the state (providers, C-suite, payers) regarding the value of HBPC and its integration within the continuum of care model.
  • Gain insights into current value-based payment opportunities for home-based medical care programs and learn how to prepare for success in value-based payment arrangements.

 Requirements for Participating

  • Commit to a three-year term through 12/31/2026; estimated effort is equivalent to 15 days per year.
  • Designate up to three (3) Champions to complete the following training:
    • Custom one day in-person workshop “Foundations of House Calls” (August 2024)
    • Nine (9) week virtual self-paced learning activity “Demystifying Value-Based Care” (TBD)
    • Assigned courses from HCCI’s online library covering a wide range of topics, including Clinical, Practice Operations and Leadership, and Early Career (on-demand)
  • Participate in a comprehensive Practice Assessment, inclusive of a comprehensive and confidential report identifying and addressing practice gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  • Consider an opportunity to earn the distinction of HCCI Practice Excellence Partner™ and host learners (up to 6/year, following evaluation in Year 3) for the HCCI House Call Practicum™, a unique two-day field experience that allows providers, practice managers, and others to shadow your team on house calls and observe front and back-office operations.
  • Adhere to deadlines for milestone completion and quarterly performance metrics reporting, which will be shared with and evaluated with HCCI.
  • Upon selection and agreement to participate, practices will be asked to pay a one-time administrative fee of $950, due by July 1, 2024. This nominal amount will help to defray a portion of HCCI’s costs to facilitate the program over the three-year period. A limited number of scholarships are available. If your practice is unable to pay this fee, please email Karly Denes, Specialist, Outreach and Engagement, at KDenes@HCCInstitute.org when you receive notification of your acceptance and invoice.

Benefits of Participating

As a participant in the Illinois House Call Project (ILHCP), you will:  

  • Serve a key role in Illinois and in the movement to improve patients’ access to high-quality HBPC. You will make a difference!
  • Have an opportunity to apply for and receive capacity-building funding to support your practice’s growth and sustainability goals.
  • Participate in customized education activities (and earn CME/CE credit), offered exclusively to ILHCP Champions. These activities are complimentary, taught or authored by our nationally recognized faculty, and are designed to:
    • Equip new and experienced home-based medical care providers and operational leaders with essential knowledge and skills, addressing clinical, economic, and operational aspects specific to home-based medical care.
    • Highlight value-based payment opportunities currently available to home-based medical care programs and how to prepare for success in value-based payment arrangements.
  • Participate in exclusive networking events with Champions from other practices participating in the ILHCP.
  • Receive complimentary enrollment in selected CME/CE courses within our online library, including topics such as Clinical, Practice Operations and Leadership, and Early Career.
  • Receive complimentary access to select HCCIntelligence™ Premier Tools and Tip Sheets.
  • Utilize tailored market intelligence through the Confer Analytics™ platform to thrive in the home care market and make informed, data-driven decisions.
  • Take part in a thorough Practice Assessment that includes a comprehensive and confidential report addressing practice gaps and identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Engage in a personalized online community, fostering ongoing collaboration and learning with ILHCP Champions from both cohorts, as well as subject matter experts in home-based medical care.
  • Be recognized on the HCCI website as one of the state’s leading house call programs and the premier provider of HBPC.

Why Cohort 2 Will Include Palliative and Hospice CareDoctor making a home-based primary care visit house call to an elderly patient

  • With value-based care increasing, the need for home-based primary, palliative and hospice care is also on the rise.
  • Each of these models of care brings unique benefits; however, there is significant value in bringing them together as part of a complex illness management model.
  • Extensive research and trials like the CMS Independence at Home Demonstration have shown that innovative home-based care models effectively address the needs of patients, caregivers, and providers in today’s challenging healthcare landscape.

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How to Apply

To be considered for selection, please complete this ILHCP Cohort 2 Application by 11:59 PM CST on March 18. Selected practices will receive notification by mid-April. If you have questions about the Illinois House Call Project, contact Karly Denes at 630-283-9210 or KDenes@HCCInstitute.org.