Volume 3 Issue 12 | December 2019
HCCI House Call Practicum Helps
Prepare Providers for Success
About this Article:
Learn more about the HCCI House Call Practicum™ from one of its recent participants. The program offers a unique two-day ride-along, an individualized educational experience offering learners the opportunity to shadow both direct clinical care and back-office practice support.
Earlier this year, Lynn Simpkins, Nurse Practitioner, Bon Secours Health System , participated in the Practicum with Cleveland Clinic , an HCCI Center of Excellence for Home-Based Primary Care and Practice Excellence Partner™. Simpkins has built her 30+ year career as a family and geriatric nurse practitioner and is currently focusing on home-based care. She recently shared takeaways from her Practicum experience with HCCInsights .

HCCInsights : What are some challenges that you face daily with your HBPC practice?
Simpkins: Like most providers, we have the challenge of a sick patient population but with the added complexity of providing those patients with care in a home setting. Social, financial and unique medical challenges all play into what we need to address.

HCCInsights : Why did you decide to participate in the HCCI House Call Practicum ?
Simpkins: In addition to the challenges I mentioned, during my work with our HBPC program, our practice has grown more than threefold. This growth has been amazing but posed challenges for us in keeping up with the demands that come with that success. Seeing how Cleveland Clinic's medical care at home primary care practice manages their patient population of approximately 2,500 individuals helped me to find ways to apply a similar approach that will work for our team and allow us to successfully scale our program.

HCCInsights: What was Day One of the Practicum like?
Simpkins: I spent most of the first day with a nurse practitioner… Read more
International Workshop Shows
How Small the World Really Is
On Friday, November 15, over 45 professionals in the field of gerontology attended the first-ever International Workshop on Home Care Medicine in Austin, Texas, as part of the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting. The GSA describes itself as “the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning, and practice.”

Recognizing the need to expand the “home care medicine conversation” globally, GSA invited the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) and American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) to develop and co-lead the workshop. The session brought presenters together with participants from countries around the world, including Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

Aaron Yao, PhD, lead researcher for HCCI and Cheeloo Scholar Professor at Shandong University in China, played a key role in… Read More
Upcoming Events
HCCIntelligence™ Monthly Webinar
Wednesday, December 18, 4 pm-5 pm (Central Time)
Managing Depressive Disorders in Homebound Patients
Presenter: James M. Ellison, MD, MPH Christiana Care

Wednesday, January 15, 4 pm-5 pm (Central Time)
Self-Care: Avoiding Burnout and Maximizing Yourself and Your Team
Presenter: Amanda Tufano, MHA, CMPE, Chief Executive Officer, Genevive

HCCIntelligence™ is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.
Upcoming HCCI Workshops

February 7-8, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ
HCCI and National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network (NNPEN)
Joint Conference: Blueprint for Success: Building and Growing Your
Home-Based Primary Care Practice

March 26-27. 2020 - Schaumburg (Chicago), IL
HCCI Essential Elements of Home-Based Primary Care™

April 23-24, 2020 - Schaumburg (Chicago), IL
HCCI Advanced Applications of Home-Based Primary Care™

October 22, 2020 - Orlando, FL
American Academy of Home-Care Medicine (AAHCM) Preconference
presented by HCCI
Details TBA

November 19-20, 2020 - Schaumburg (Chicago), IL
HCCI Advanced Applications of Home-Based Primary Care™

December 3-4. 2020 - Orlando, FL
HCCI Essential Elements of Home-Based Primary Care™
HCCI Advanced Applications of Home-Based Primary Care™
Promotional videos
Practice Management Tip of the Month
How to Confidently Get Reimbursed for
Prolonged Services (Non-Face-to-Face)
Since January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized payment for CPT codes 99358 – 99359 for prolonged services non-face-to-face (F2F) . When used correctly, this is a significant reimbursement opportunity for Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) providers.

The CMS national payment rate for 99358 is $113.52 (the rate for 99359 is… Read More
HCCI In the News
Hospice News Join reporter, Jim Parker, as he rides along with Dr. Thomas Cornwell, CEO of HCCI, on a morning of house calls and as they discuss his collaboration with Suncrest Hospice. Read More

First Report: Managed Care – As the push to deliver increasingly higher quality care at lower costs continues to be of the utmost importance, stakeholders and providers are implementing and testing models to see what suits their patient population best. Home-based primary care is a top-performer among those models—although not necessarily a new concept—that is gaining popularity.   Read More    (Article cites the HCCI whitepaper, “Perfect Storm.”
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 .