What is a patient centered medical home?
Patient Centered Medical Home is a team based approach to providing care that gives you a medical home team focused on your individual needs.
Your Guthrie team is led by your primary care physician who partners with you to provide the coordinated care you need for your physical and mental health, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care. Your team will develop an individualized care plan and coordinate the care you need using, specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, educators, care coordinators and when appropriate, your family to make sure your needs are met.
What are the changes and additional benefits that I can anticipate?
Instead of only treating you when sick, the medical home team’s goal is preventing illness and injury and closely managing chronic disease to avoid complications. This approach gives you the highest level of personal wellness possible. Better management of your health could mean fewer hospitalizations and fewer ED visits, so you get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Your medical home team will change as your health needs change. When you need a specialist, your primary care provider will find one who is right for you and coordinate that care. Your medical home team will also use appointment times, telephone support or electronic communication such as email to help coordinate your care. Everyone on your Guthrie team has access to your health record so you don’t have to go over the same information with each health care provider. All of which will improve access for appointments with your provider.