What is a Medical Home?

What is a Medical Home?

Better health begins with a medical home, a model that provides comprehensive primary care for children, adolescents, and adults – actively engaging patients as partners in their own healthcare. 

Medical homes reduce healthcare costs and improve a patient’s quality of life.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home model (also known as the Medical Home), was designed to provide comprehensive primary care for people of all ages, in a healthcare setting that promotes patient-physician partnerships, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

Leading healthcare organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association, have defined this medical home model in the 2007 Joint Principles for the Patient Centered Medical Home. This definition outlines the critical principles within the medical home model as:

• Access to a personal physician who leads the care team within a medical practice
• A whole-person orientation to providing patient care
• Integrated and coordinated care
• Focus on quality and safety

Through the medical home model, family physicians seek to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the care they deliver, always placing the needs of patients first. The medical home model helps foster relationships of trust between the care team and the patient, and actively engages patients as partners in their healthcare.

Click the links below for more information about the medical home model:
Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative