MINNESOTA MEDICAL HOME
How to be a better Medical Home
In March 2007, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Physician (ACP), and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) developed and jointly endorsed a consensus statement on medical home principles. They described the Patient-Centered Medical Home as “an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults”.
The Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) section at the Department of Health has been involved in the development of medical home in Minnesota since the early 1990's. An important factor in the success of medical home in Minnesota has been collaboration and partnership among state agencies and private sector organizations including the Department of Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, Wilder Research Foundation and the University of Minnesota. As Medical/Health Care Home grows and expands enhanced collaboration with stakeholder groups across the state will be essential to future success and implementation.
How is Medical/Health Care Home different from disease management?
Improving care for children or adults with more complex health needs enhances the medical home experience for all patients; medical/health care home is about practice-wide improvement - not a special, separate primary care program.
Medical/Health Care Home is designed to improve the quality of primary care and the health care system, enhancing the value of both. The primary care medical/health care home strives to improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients and families - while improving the experience of providing healthcare for providers and other office staff.
The resulting outcomes are the improvement of the patient/family experience, improving overall population health and increasing the value of health care.
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