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House calls, anyone?

The St. Cloud VA is expanding Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) services for veterans in Central Minnesota.

Barbara Buss, certified nurse practitioner, is now making home visits to veterans in the Glencoe and Willmar areas. Buss will also attend to veterans in an area including Meeker, southern Stearns, Pope and Kandiyohi counties.

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HBPC is a home care program that provides comprehensive primary care in the homes of veterans with complex medical, social and behavioral conditions for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective.

“In addition to keeping veterans healthy, the goals of HBPC include decreasing inpatient hospital stays and emergency room visits and helping veterans remain in their own home longer,” said Diane Corcoran, HBPC manager at the St. Cloud VA.

Home care services for veterans are provided by an interdisciplinary team of health professionals, including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists and mental health specialists, all working to promote the veteran’s maximum level of health and independence by maintaining the best physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning.

HBPC serves the chronically ill by providing primary care, palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management and coordination of care services.

Veterans or families wanting to utilize HBPC services can contact their primary care team and request a consultation with HBPC.

Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care are encouraged to apply.

Information on filing disability claims and applying for VA health care benefits is available in every Minnesota county through the County Veteran Service Office.

Contact information can be found at www.macvso.org/directory.aspx, or in the county government section of local phone books.

To enroll in VA health care, veterans may also call the St. Cloud VA at (320) 255-6340 or apply online at www.1010ez.med.va.gov.

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