A Medical Home is an approach to providing comprehensive and high-quality primary care. It builds partnerships with clinical specialists, families, and community resources. The Medical Home recognizes the family as a constant in a child’s life and emphasizes partnership between health care professionals and families, for this reason it is based on the following characteristics:
The medical home encompasses five functions and attributes:
It is designed to meet the majority of a patient’s physical and mental health care needs through a team-based approach to care.
The Medical Home delivers primary care that is oriented towards the whole person through partnering with patients and families, understanding their culture, preferences, unique needs and values.
It coordinates patient care across all elements of the health care system, such as specialty care, hospitals, home health care, and community services, with an emphasis on efficient care transitions.
It seeks to promote patient care by offering different alternatives such as phone calls, emails, and schedule availability.
The Medical Home provide safe, high-quality care through clinical decision-support tools, evidence-based care, shared decision-making, performance measurement, and population health management.