Sunday, June 6, 2010

Medical Home - the Final Frontier

Check this medical home handout sometime.'s very long.  Yes, you have to take the survey first...but then...check it out (I know many of you won't, but if any of you do, it will have been worth including the link).  The authors have given me (and everyone) permission to "shamelessly share and borrow" it, and so I shall.  They deserve credit for such outstanding work.

Medical home.  It's a funny-sounding term.  For those not ready to embrace the idea of medical home...twitching, headaches, and nausea.  Why?

Because yes, Virginia...there is such a thing.

Medical home is a place where you/your child are known. Where they speak your language.  Where your every test is tracked, where every result is communicated to you.  Where every specialist note, ER visit, or hospital stay is tracked.  Where, if they don't know the answer, they find it for you.

In the not-too-distant past, I'd have thought someone blurting out the above might have been caught earlier that day holding hands with the Tooth Fairy , but our practice has developed many of the processes necessary to be a medical home (thanks in large part to the guidance from the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children's).  We're hoping to uphold the ideals of medical home; we hope to care for people in a manner that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.

 Ask for it- you deserve it.  Who wouldn't want it?

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