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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

  • The application process for the second cohort of the Illinois House Call Project is now closed. Selected practices will receive notification soon.
  • Our second cohort will include highly qualified Illinois medical practices, including independent practices, 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.
“HCCI’s Illinois House Call Project is a terrific resource for house call providers. It provides valuable networking and course instruction, plus the practice assessment course gave me new ideas to consider in my business operations. I’d recommend that new cohort participants take advantage of as many HCCI offerings as they can. Not only can HCCI help them expand their networks, but the courses they offer can help them enhance their operations.” Dr. April Odom, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner, CEO of Physicals Plus, Illinois House Call Project Champion, Cohort 1

Requirements for Participating

  • Commit to a three-year term through 12/31/2026.
  • Designate up to three (3) Champions to represent the practice in various project activities.
  • 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 when you receive notification of your acceptance and invoice.

Benefits of Participating

As a participant in the Illinois House Call Project (ILHCP), you will receive the following benefits (over $25,000 in value):

  • 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.
  • Receive complimentary access to on-demand, web-based courses, and customized education activities (and earn CME/CE credit), offered exclusively to ILHCP Champions.
  • 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.
  • Have an opportunity to participate in exclusive networking events with Champions from other practices participating in the ILHCP.
  • Be invited to take part in a confidential and comprehensive Practice Assessment to address practice gaps and identify 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.
“The Illinois House Call Project provides terrific opportunities to network with other house call providers and practice owners. It has been tremendously helpful to meet, share ideas, and learn from these colleagues. As they begin, I encourage new ILHCP participants to assess their needs and look inward. Then, they can work closely with HCCI to utilize the resources that they provide to achieve their goals. My greatest hope is that house calls become more the norm. Homebound people need to know that this crucial service is available to them. And we need more providers to engage in this type of care in the home.” Letasha Lewis, APRN, CEO of Frontier Healthcare Systems, Illinois House Call Project Champion, Cohort 1

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