Minnesota Medical Home
Information for Providers
A Medical Home is an approach to primary care where primary providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with chronic health conditions and disabilities.
Medical Home is about Working Smarter not Harder
“I personally have found that a small percentage of my patients take up a disproportionately large percentage of my time, try as I might, I have always struggled to do a good job with their care. Medical Home has helped me greatly - both to manage my schedule, and provide better care!”
Gordon Harvieux, MD
A great Medical Home:
- Knows its patients
- Partners with and learns from youth and families
- Uses a team approach for the care of chronic conditions, which includes planned, proactive visits
- Coordinates services
- Co-manages with families and specialists
- Assists with transitions
- Provides connections with community organizations
- Is satisfying for families, providers and clinic staff
- Continuously works on quality improvement
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
A child with special Health care needs is defined as a child that has or is at risk for: chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and requires health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.
In Minnesota there are over 180,000 children under the age of 18 with special health care needs.
Health Care Experiences of CSHCN
Children with special health care needs account for 80% of all pediatric health care expenditures.
Pediatric primary care is designed for 80% of children who do NOT have special health care needs.
Medical Homes for children and youth with special health care needs offer a primary care process called Chronic Condition Management which is designed to serve children and families who use the health care system most often.
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