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