A Medical Home
A medical home is a place that provides you with personalized, comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous medical care. Your medical health involves a lot of factors — from prevention (immunizations, age-appropriate screening, flu shots) and wellness to illness and treatment, from surgery and recovery, to specialist referrals, medication, and much, much more. A medical home coordinates all your health needs — whether acute, chronic, or preventive — so that you can trust that you are getting the care you need when you need it.
The key features of a medical home are:
- Personal physician. Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who is trained to provide first contact, continuous, and comprehensive care.
- Physician directed medical practice. The personal physician leads a team of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for the ongoing care of patients.
- Whole person orientation. The personal physician is responsible for providing for all the patient’s health care needs or taking responsibility for appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals.
- Care is coordinated and/or integrated. For example, across specialists, hospitals, home health agencies, and nursing homes.
- Annual Health Exam. all patients receive complete physical exam once every year.
What it comes down to is this:
- People with a medical home are generally in better health than those who don’t have one.
- People with a medical home are healthier than those without one.