A Health care home is a general practice or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) that coordinates comprehensive and flexible care for enrolled patients.
The model is based on the Patient Centred Medical Home approach to care, provided by the entire primary care practice and is based on the Bodenheimer 10 Building Blocks of High Performing Primary Care
A Health Care Home practice supports both patients and practices. Through this program, patients can access general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals to help them manage their complex conditions and avoid hospital care.
This Commonwealth initiative is designed to improve health care for patients with chronic and complex conditions, helping them to better manage their conditions through integrated, tailored care provided at their usual GP clinic or ACCHS. With over 10,000 patients registered, they are benefiting from Health Care Homes, which aims to keep them out of hospital and living healthier lives at home.
The Health Care Home funding approach varies from the MBS fee for service model to a block funded approach based on an individual clinical need and is supported by the full cycle of care.
Health Care Homes was originally due to conclude in December 2018, however, has been extended until 30 June 2021. The program is currently in the evaluation phase. The interim evaluation report was released in 2020.
Capability development for Primary Care on the Health Care Home training modules, are available to all practices through their PHN.