The Patient-centered Medical Home
The Patient-centered Medical Home is a term that describes the healthcare systems historically developed by Family Physicians.
It is defined by the following seven characteristics:
- First Contact Care – Our patients turn to us first for their healthcare needs.
- Patient-Centered Care Over Time – Continuous care for health and illness occurs in the context of our patients, their family and their community.
- Comprehensive Care – We provide our patients a broad range of medical services.
- Coordinated Care – We work together as teams, and develop relationships outside our practice to ensure our patients the best specialized medical care.
- Family-Centered Care – We provide care of all members of nuclear and extended families.
- Community-Oriented Care – We provide care for all in our communities and assess the needs of the populations we serve.
- Cultural competence - The degree to which the biopsychosocial model is employed and health belief models are addressed.