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Primary Doctor

 

Excellent primary care is important for children, youth and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities.  

 

A Medical Home, sometimes called a health care home is quality, community based primary care that is based on a trusting and respectful relationship between the primary care provider and the patient and the patient's family. 

A great Medical Home uses a patient-and-family-centered approach, including:

• Knowing it's patients
• Partnering with and learning from patients and families 
• Coordinating all aspects of care in partnership with the patient and family
• Co-managing care with specialists and patients/families
• Assisting with transitions
• Providing connections to community organizations and resources
• Is satisfying for patients, families, providers and clinic staff

For more information about choosing a primary doctor and developing a care plan check out the following links:

The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes and supports Medical Home across the country and has many helpful resources for families and physicians through the National Center for Medical Home: www.medicalhomeinfo.org

The Center for Medical Home Improvement offers great information and resources for providers and parents to create a medical home:  www.medicalhomeimprovement.org

Parents - you can create and maintain a detailed, internet based record of your families important medical information for free using Children's Medical Organizer: www.childrenshc.org/cmo/index.asp

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