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Health Care Homes

In March 2016, the Government announced its plan to introduce stage one of the Health Care Home model in Australia.

In August 2016, NBMPHN was chosen as one of 10 Primary Health Networks across the country, and one of three in NSW, to establish Health Care Homes in General Practice.

What is Health Care Homes?

A Health Care Home is a home base that will coordinate comprehensive care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.

General practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) can serve as Health Care Homes.

Patients who have been assessed as eligible and likely to benefit from this type of care can voluntarily enrol with a participating Health Care Home.

The Health Care Home will develop a shared care plan with the patient, which will be implemented by a team of health care providers. This plan will:

  • identify the local providers best able to meet each patient’s needs
  • coordinate care with these providers
  • include strategies to help each patient better manage their conditions and improve their quality of life.

Care will be integrated across primary and acute care as required.

Health Care Homes will support enrolled patients and their carers to be active partners in their care. This will involve giving patients the knowledge, skills and support they need to make decisions about their health and keep healthy.

To enable this new model of care, payments for patients enrolled in Health Care Homes will change.

Health Care Homes will be paid bundled monthly payments to provide care for a patient's chronic and complex conditions. This will enable Health Care Homes to be flexible and innovative in caring for enrolled patients. Patients can still use Medicare services for routine care unrelated to their chronic conditions.

Applications for the stage one trial of Health Care Homes have now closed. Successful general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) will be notified of their selection for stage one in April 2017.

Read more at the Health Care Homes website.

Health Care Homes Information & Resources

We encourage you to read Government’s fact sheets on Health Care Homes. Alternatively, you can call Jan Devos, Manager Health Programs, on 4708 8100 for assistance on the Health Care Home process.


Health Care Homes Payment Management

General Practices interested in applying to participate in our region's Health Care Homes (HCH) trial benefited from a free two hour webinar explaining how the new HCH bundled payment approach can be implemented within different general practice business model structures.

The webinar was held on 5 December 2016 and can be downloaded at the Australian Association of Practice Management's website.

AAPM CPD points: 7.5

What is Health Care Homes?

The first Health Care Homes webinar was held on 17 November. It is now available online. If you missed the live broadcast you can now view the full webinar.


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