“A Medical Home is the kind of care we all want and deserve. It is not a place – it is a way care is provided to your child/youth and your family. At the core of a Medical Home is a knowledgeable, compassionate health care provider and care team chosen by a patient and their family to take care of the child’s/youth’s health needs.”
– National Center for Medical Home Implementation
A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive and high-quality primary care. A medical home should be the following:
- Accessible: Care is easy for the child and family to obtain, including geographic access and insurance accommodation.
- Family-centered: The family is recognized and acknowledged as the primary caregiver and support for the child, ensuring that all medical decisions are made in true partnership with the family.
- Continuous: The same primary care clinician cares for the child from infancy through young adulthood, providing assistance and support to transition to adult care.
- Comprehensive: Preventive, primary, and specialty care are provided to the child and family.
- Coordinated: A care plan is created in partnership with the family and communicated with all health care clinicians and necessary community agencies and organizations.
- Compassionate: Genuine concern for the well-being of a child and family are emphasized and addressed.
- Culturally Effective: The family and child’s culture, language, beliefs, and traditions are recognized, valued, and respected
- A medical home is not a building or place; it extends beyond the walls of a clinical practice. A medical home 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.
National technical assistance center focused on ensuring all children and youth—particularly those with special health care needs—receive care within, and have access to, a medical home.
List of characteristics of a Medical Home developed by the University of Chicago, Division of Specialized Care for Children.
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