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The medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It has become a widely accepted model for how primary care should be organized and delivered throughout the health care system.
While the term 'home' can often leave room for misinterpretation or confusion, we often emphasize that the "medical home" is not a place, but a philosophy of health and health care that encourages us to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions. It is a place that should "feel like home" - where you are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and you have a strong and trusting relationship with providers and staff. It calls for a team care model that promotes accessibility, compassion, transparency, and is built on trust and communication. Its success is enhanced by health information technology and incentivized by smarter ways to pay for care.
Above all: the medical home is not a final destination. It is a framework for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and the manner that best suits a patient's needs.
Features of the Medical Home
The medical home is an approach to the delivery of primary care that is: