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Volume 2 Issue 4 | November 2018
HCCI Home-Based Primary Care Implementation ModelTM
According to estimates from the Small Business Administration, approximately 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years. Only 25% make it to 15 years or more. While a house call program isn’t an IT firm or subscription-based clothing firm, the challenges facing each of those organizations – that often prove insurmountable – are not all that different.
talks Home-Based Primary Care, Better Outcomes and a Financially Stable Model
We sat down with Dr. Smith at the recent American Academy of Home Care Medicine Annual Meeting. He shared why he's so optimistic for the field of home-based primary care (HBPC). We also enjoyed hearing the story of how he became involved in the field. Dr. Smith is rather unique in that, unlike many practitioners, he came to home-based primary care very early in his career. Finally, listen for his compelling comments on reducing "unnecessary suffering."
Images of house call providers often portray that person entering a home, and always carrying the "black bag." The look and the contents of the black bag have changed dramatically since the very early days of house calls. We've put together a checklist of items practitioners we've worked with find helpful. Don't leave for someone's home without them!
Nearly 20% of community dwelling adults age 65 and older take ten or more different medications. HBPC providers face many challenges when managing the over- and under-prescribing of these medications. This eLearning module addresses the issues facing both HBPC providers and patients and explains essential steps in managing medications for house call patients. Learn more
Infection Control in
Home-Based Primary Care
Each year 75,000 people die from healthcare-acquired infections. Many of us know infection control is the first directive for providers; however, HBPC presents unique infection risks. Precautions must be taken to safeguard patients, family members, and caregivers from infection. This eLearning module identifies risks associated with home-based care and reviews strategies for before, during, and after a home visit that minimize the threat of infection. Learn more
Train with HCCI in Philadelphia in December
HCCI has a few spaces available in our two workshops taking place in Philadelphia on December 6th and 7th. Faculty for these events come from regional HCCI Centers of Excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MedStar House Call Program and the University of Pennsylvania. For more information and to reserve space for you and your team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
December Sneak Peek: HCCI Brings HBPC Training to China
When HCCI took on the enormous task of spreading home-based primary care throughout the United States, we never realized it would lead to an invitation to speak in China! HCCI CEO Thomas Cornwell, MD went to medical universities in Jinan, China in August, and to Shanghai in November where he provided geriatric and home-based primary care training, including HCCI Essential Elements of Home-based Primary Care™, parts of which have been translated into Chinese. He also accompanied Chinese providers on a house call.
China’s health care is largely provided by specialists at hospitals. Dr. Cornwell taught learners about the value of primary care and the benefits of an interdisciplinary team. This included teaching about the important role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, which China does not have. Because of its one-child policy, China's population of family caregivers is dramatically declining while its senior population is rapidly increasing, aging earlier than that of other countries. China will have 415 million seniors representing 39% of the world’s elders in 2035. Through Aaron Yao, Ph.D at the University of Virginia, China reached out to HCCI for help.
Dr. Cornwell also met with medical leaders in Jinan and Shanghai, which have a combined population of 35 million, to discuss a primary care and geriatric strategy to care for their increasing senior population. This includes creating an HCCI Center of Excellence in China!
Watch for the full story in the December issue of HCCInsights!