Volume 3 Issue 9 | September 2019
Register now for the
AAHCM Preconference presented by HCCI
If you are a home-based primary care (HBPC) provider or are interested in a career in HBPC, plan to attend the AAHCM Preconference presented by the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) entitled, House Calls: Achieving Clinical Excellence & Sustainability , on October 17, 2019, in Rosemont, IL.

The Preconference is designed to help you enhance your HBPC medical knowledge and patient care, and your related interpersonal skills. The session will spotlight the complex care needs of homebound patients with serious illness and their caregivers through case-based discussions, mini-lectures and Q&A sessions.

HCCI's faculty of national experts will help you elevate the clinical care you provide to your HBPC patients, and enhance your practice’s sustainability in both the current fee-for-service environment and with the ever-evolving value-based delivery system.

Join us Wednesday, September 18, for our next
HCCIntelligence™ Webinar and Virtual Office Hours
Wednesday, September 18, 4 pm - 5 pm (Central Time)
Webinar: Geographic Scheduling: Impact on Home-Based Primary Care Productivity

  • Discuss the impact of the geographic scheduling and route planning process.
  • Describe the tools and resources available to assist with planning and routing.
  • Identify ways to operationalize the process of geographic scheduling.

  • Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA – Manager, Practice Improvement, HCCI
  • Thomas Cornwell, MD – Chief Executive Officer, HCCI
  • Paul Chiang, MD – Senior Medical and Practice Advisor, HCCI

Virtual Office Hours: The 30-minute Webinar will be followed immediately by a 30-minute open Q&A, your chance to "ask the experts" your questions about the Webinar topic and other aspects of HBPC.

HCCI is pleased to offer the HCCIntelligence™ Webinars and Virtual Office Hours at no charge . These activities are funded in part by a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation.
For information about additional upcoming HCCIntelligence™ Webinars/Virtual Office Hours, go to https://www.hccinstitute.org/resources/hccintelligence/

HCCIntelligence™ is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.
Upcoming Events
Featured Event
HCCI Advanced Applications of Home-Based Primary Care™
December 5-6, 2019, Schaumburg, IL

SPECIAL OFFER!  If you register by October 15, you will receive complimentary access to an HCCI online course of your choice.  

GAPNA Preconference presented by HCCI
October 2, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

C-TAC National Summit on Advanced Illness Care
October 9-11, 2019, Minneapolis, MN

AAHCM Annual Meeting and Preconference presented by HCCI
October 17-19, 2019, Rosemont, IL

International Workshop on Home Care Medicine
presented at the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting
November 15, 2019, Austin, TX
Interested in a Unique Field Experience
in Home-Based Primary Care?
The HCCI House Call Practicum™ is a unique two-day field experience that allows providers and practice managers to shadow trained preceptors and acquire new knowledge and skills in house call operations and clinical care for medically complex patients in the home.

The practicum offers an individualized learning opportunity at Cleveland Clinic, one of our Practice Excellence Partner (PEP)™ sites, programs recognized nationwide as premier providers of HBPC.

You may also wish to add the optional Telemedicine Elective as a third day or participate only in the elective. This full-day activity is designed to familiarize you with the technology and staffing model used to conduct virtual visits.

Dates for both the Practicum and Telemedicine Elective are still available for 2019.
Practice Management Tip of the Month
 Chronic Care Management:
Maximize Your Fee-for-Service Reimbursement
Would you like to maximize your reimbursements by up to $42 dollars per patient per month for the care being provided? Chronic Care Management (CCM) involves much of what you may already be doing to provide high-quality care for your patients: maintaining a comprehensive electronic care plan, managing transitions, and coordinating care with other professionals within and/or outside of your practice. The good news is that with a basic understanding of Chronic Care Management (CCM) documentation and billing, along with an effective workflow process, you can be fairly paid for providing these valuable services!

In 2015, CCM became separately payable by Medicare; however, it is still underutilized by many providers due to concerns about the documentation requirements or simply because providers don’t understand how this could easily become part of their practice’s workflow.
One concern has been that although many Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems allow providers to turn on a CCM module for time tracking and other features, it is typically an extra expense to the practice. Many providers find that just by enhancing their knowledge of CCM requirements and by implementing some standardized processes, a CCM module isn’t always needed.
Let’s start with the basics of what qualifies a patient for CCM:
  • Two or more chronic conditions, which are expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient.
  • Chronic conditions that place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional decline.
  • Comprehensive care plan established, implemented, revised, or monitored.

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 at http://www.hccinstitute.org.

630.283.9222 or email Help@HCCInstitute.org
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (CST) Monday through Friday

Every third Wednesday of the month, HCCI hosts a free webinar on a clinical or practice management topic relevant to home-based primary care (HBPC).
Virtual Office Hours

Immediately following the monthly HCCIntelligence™ Webinar, HCCI hosts a
30-minute Virtual Office Hours session.
HCCIntelligence™ is funded in part by a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation.
HCCIntelligence™ is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.