What is a medical home?
A medical home is a primary care practice focused not just on treating separate symptoms and illnesses, but on helping you maintain your lifelong health. Unlike the traditional approach, where various specialists might treat you in a fragmented way, in the medical home model your personal physician leads a team that takes comprehensive responsibility for your ongoing care.
Whether you receive services only at your primary care clinic, or from a specialty clinic, hospital or other source, your medical home team will coordinate your care for the best possible outcome.
What benefits will you see?
Much of the time, you may not notice a difference at your primary care clinic except for a special focus on wellness and prevention, such as reminders for screenings and immunizations.
But if you have a chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension, your care will focus on that condition in a coordinated way. Many of our primary care doctors and nurse practitioners in our primary care clinics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for providing quality care to patients with diabetes. Patients with complex medical issues might also be supported with extra assistance from a health coach, nurse case manager or outside agency.
In addition, the Legacy Research Institute is currently assigning a clinical research coordinator (CRC) to each medical home clinic to make clinical research more visible and accessible. By being part of the medical home team, Legacy Research hopes to involve more patients in appropriate research studies and offer more opportunities to Legacy providers to participate as principal investigators.
For all patients, the hallmarks of a medical home are quality, safety and comprehensive, proactive care.
Are there measurable results from the medical home approach?
Legacy's medical home clinics are seeing a steady increase in patients who are up to date on their lab tests, health maintenance tests and immunizations. Our medical home patients are also requiring fewer emergency room visits and hospital stays.
All of this adds up to better health care -- and better health -- for you and your family.