“HCCI Conversations with….”
Interview Series Launches
The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) is launching a new video interview series entitled, “HCCI Conversations with…” In this first episode, viewers hear from Dr. Thomas Cornwell, Executive Chairman of HCCI, Senior Medical Director of Village Medical at Home (part of VillageMD), and founder of Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Physicians.

In the episode, Dr. Cornwell discusses the key role that home-based primary care (HBPC) is playing during the COVID-19 pandemic in taking care of homebound patients, many of whom are the most vulnerable to the virus, both in the home and virtually through telemedicine.

Watch the first episode here  and take part in a conversation about it in the HCCI COVID-19 Group on LinkedIn.
The Power of Three: Grant Recipients Continue
to Advance Home-Based Primary Care
In the Fall of 2019,  The John A. Hartford Foundation   awarded  a three-year, $1.6M grant entitled,  Moving and Scaling Home-Based Primary Care Phase II: Quality, Training and Advocacy . The project, bringing together the work of the  Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) , the  American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM)   and the   National Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network ,  aims to improve care for the more than two million older adults who are the “invisible homebound” with functional impairments and frailty. This phase will build on the success of the  initial grant phase , with the same organizations leading three complementary grants.

While each organization has its own unique deliverables, they continue to work in close collaboration to achieve the overall goal ─ increasing access to high quality, home-based primary care that leads to improved outcomes for both patients and ... Read more
Help HCCI Combat COVID-19 and
Participate in GivingTuesdayNOW
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the important role that home-based primary care (HBPC) providers are playing in caring for homebound patients who are generally the most vulnerable to the outbreak. HBPC also helps keep these patients out of hospitals and clinics, unless necessary, which fights the spread of the virus, provides an isolated place for COVID-19 testing, and eases the strain on already stretched hospital and clinic resources, including staff, beds and personal protective equipment.

The Home Centered Care Institute is playing a key role in supporting HBPC providers during this time by educating them on COVID-19 topics and areas, such as identifying HBPC-specific changes in CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates; discussing best practices for processes and protocols; and following appropriate infection control procedures. HCCI does this in a variety of ways, including providing free webinars, online courses and resources; creating an online LinkedIn community especially for HBPC providers to discuss the pandemic; launching a video interview series called “HCCI Conversations with…,” and continuing to spread awareness of the importance of HBPC in fighting the pandemic through recent media opportunities with ABC News, CNN, Hospice News and Kaiser Health, among others.

At the same time, HCCI is also an official participating organization in the upcoming “GivingTuesdayNow” campaign. GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Learn more about how you can donate to help HCCI combat COVID-19 and, by doing so, be part of the GivingTuesdayNow campaign.

Please then also consider donating on a longer-term basis. Because, as the pandemic evolves and the world slowly emerges into a “new normal,” HBPC will continue to play a critical role for these patients and others – many of whom may be in your own family or community.
Upcoming Events
HCCIntelligence Webinar
Wednesday, April 15th, 4 pm-5 pm (Central Time)
COVID-19 Updates: Advance Care Planning, Self-Care/Team-Care and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Telehealth Changes
Presented in collaboration with the American Academy of Home Care Medicine

  • Paul Chiang, MD, Senior Medical and Practice Advisor, HCCI, and Medical Director of Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Physicians
  • Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA, Manager, Practice Improvement, HCCI
  • Rachel Miller, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Education, Division of Geriatrics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mattan Schuchman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Gerontology; Medical Director for Johns Hopkins Home-based Medicine (JHOME) Program, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Mariah Robertson, MD, MPH, Clinical Fellow, Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
HCCIntelligence™ is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.
Practice Management Tip of the Month:
Infection Control in Home-Based Primary Care
As home-based primary care (HBPC) expands across the U.S., we’re reminded how critical this model of care is, particularly during a Public Health Emergency like COVID-19. Because of this, and more than ever, HBPC providers must keep infection surveillance, prevention, and control efforts top-of-mind to protect patients, caregivers, household family members, and themselves. To this end, HCCI offers these important reminders for providers about basic infection control strategies:

  • When scheduling appointments, ask about the travel history and current state of health of the patient and all household contacts.
  • Use proper hygiene and follow recommendations for transporting, storing and disposing of supplies.
  • Disinfect the medical bag and supplies before and after every visit.
  • Assess the home environment before entering and use appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Position the medical bag and laptop/tablet on clean, dry surfaces, out of reach of children and pets.
For more information about practical infection control strategies for HBPC providers, download HCCI’s Infection Control Resource Guide .  You can also access more information and resources on the HCCI COVID-19 Information Hub , including HCCI’s online course,  Infection Control in Home-Based Primary Care ,  available at no cost  now through June 30, 2020 .
Key Partner Announcements
The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) is pleased to invite AAHCM members and others involved in the field of home care medicine to submit proposals by April 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Central Time for sessions at the 2020 AAHCM Annual Meeting which will be held in Orlando on October 23 and 24. Your participation will help contribute to the field of home care medicine and add to the quality of the programming at the annual meeting.

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) , along with key partners, Respecting Choices and National POLST , will present a webinar, entitled, “Crafting Care Planning Tools to Meet the Unique Challenges of COVID-19,” on Tuesday, April 14, from 1pm to 2pm Central Time . During the webinar, Respecting Choices and National POLST will discuss their respective toolkits that provide guidance for those engaging in proactive care planning conversations and address questions from attendees. With the current pandemic, these conversations are obviously a continuing critical need. Click here to register.

The Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network has extended their Request for Applications (RFA) to join their next Learning Network of 10 practices focused on advancing quality improvement skills of home-based medical practices. More information about the RFA, including how to apply, can be found here . The submission deadline has been extended until April 24, 2020.
HCCI In The News
HBPC In The News
HCCIntelligence Resource Center
At HCCI, we recognize the numerous challenges that can be encountered by HBPC providers and practice staff and the value of having access to knowledgeable experts and timely guidance. HCCI has developed a number of free resources to help you and your practice through our HCCIntelligence™ Resource Center .
HCCIntelligence™ is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.
HCCI education and training initiatives including HCCIntelligence™
are funded in part by a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation .
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