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Home Based Primary Care
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description

Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care is a unique home care program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans with complex medical, social, and behavioral conditions for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective.

In contrast to other home care systems that target patients with short-term remediable needs and provide episodic, time-limited and focused skilled services, HBPC targets patients with complex, chronic, progressively disabling disease and provides comprehensive, long term home care.

HBPC is designed to serve the chronically ill through the months and years before death, providing primary care, palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management and coordination of care services.

General Program Requirements

You must be enrolled in the VA health care system (or qualify based on one of the exceptions in the law). Go to "Basic Medical Benefits for Veterans" to see the program requirements.

In addition, several factors are considered in determining whether it would be appropriate to admit you to the HBPC program. These include:
  • Having a complex, chronic disabling disease that necessitates care by an interdisciplinary team
  • High risk for recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement
  • Determination by the HBPC team that the home is the most appropriate venue for care

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/servicemember's character of discharge or service must be under conditions other than dishonorable (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information, visit:
http://www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/Home_Based_Primary_Care.asp

Program Contact Information

If you have questions, please visit:
For more information about this program, please call 1-877-222-8387.
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