Family-Centered Medical Home
What is a Family-Centered Medical Home?
Accessible: Care is easy for the child and family to obtain, including geographic access and insurance accommodation.
Family-centered: The family is recognized and acknowledged as the primary caregiver and support for the child, ensuring that all medical decisions are made in true partnership with the family.
Continuous: The same primary care clinician cares for the child from infancy through young adulthood, providing assistance and support to transition to adult care.
Comprehensive: Preventive, primary, and specialty care are provided to the child and family.
Coordinated: A care plan is created in partnership with the family and communicated with all health care clinicians and necessary community agencies and organizations.
Compassionate: Genuine concern for the well-being of a child and family are emphasized and addressed.
Culturally Effective: The family and child's culture, language, beliefs, and traditions are recognized, valued, and respected
A medical home is not a building or place; it extends beyond the walls of a clinical practice. A medical home builds partnerships with clinical specialists, families, and community resources. The medical home recognizes the family as a constant in a child's life and emphasizes partnership between health care professionals and families.
For tools, resources, state specific information, and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation, visit the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home website.
Source: National Center for Medical Home Implementation