Home-based primary care (HBPC) provides interdisciplinary, comprehensive care at home for homebound older adults and has been largely excluded from the national conversation on care quality and quality improvement. In this Pragmatic Innovations article, we describe the work of the National HBPC Learning Network (LN), which focuses on fostering a continuous learning culture among HBPC practices to improve practice quality, elevate the field of HBPC, and create a community of continuous growth and quality of care accountability. The LN recruits HBPC practices in waves of 9 to 10 practices. It currently comprises 38 HBPC practices that care for 58,000 patients across 25 states (approximately 26% of all patients receiving HBPC in the United States). In a Kickoff meeting, the HBPC practices in each wave are instructed in the basics of quality improvement, develop project aim statements and their first plan-do-study-act cycle, receive an introduction to the LN quality improvement software platform, and review plans for LN engagement. Each month, practices submit updates and receive real-time feedback on their quality improvement work. Monthly virtual workshops are held with all practices that include sharing results of a "1-minute survey" (a monthly 1-to 3-question survey sent to all LN participants on a topic relevant to HBPC practices), a didactic and discussion related to the 1-minute survey topic, and interactive progress updates from LN participants regarding their quality improvement work. Each wave ends with "Moving-up Day," where practices report on their overall project and reflect on how their practice has changed as a result of the LN. LN practices have addressed and improved performance in multiple HBPC-related quality areas including assessment of functional status and cognitive impairment, falls prevention, advanced care planning, COVID-19 vaccination, and others. We present case studies of 3 LN practices and how LN participation strengthened their practices.
Keywords: Home-based primary care; learning network; quality improvement.
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