Medical Home

A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. The American Academy of Pediatrics describes the medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. In a medical home, a pediatric health care provider works in partnership with the family and child to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the child are met. Through this partnership, the pediatric health care provider can help the family and child access and coordinate specialty care, educational services, out-of-home care, family support, and other public and private community services that are important to the overall health of the child/youth and family. Please follow this link to a document containing Medical Home Providers (pdf).

The medical home includes:

  • A partnership between the child’s family and the primary health care provider
  • A relationship built on mutual trust and respect
  • Connections to needed supports and services
  • Respect for families’ cultural and religious beliefs
  • Access to health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Family support
  • Providers working in partnership with other members of the care team

Medical Home Resources

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The National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Health Care Needs sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and provides information about activities in each state, tools and resources, training programs and materials, model programs, medical home publications and more.

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on the Medical Home
This link provides a full text version of the AAP policy statement (pdf), defining a medical home.

Medical Home Index
These tools provide a means from both the provider and family perspective to assess the “medical homeness” of a practice setting.
Medical Home Index Full Version (pdf)
Medical Home Index Short Version (pdf)

Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home
This joint statement, presented by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association, describes the principles of the patient-centered medical home.
Medical Home Joint Statement document (pdf)

Center for Medical Home Improvement
This website provides resources, including a Medical Home Improvement Kit, aimed at assisting providers to enhance care delivery for children with special health care needs.