The term “Medical Home” describes healthcare practices that provide comprehensive, coordinated, continuous care to patients, including those with chronic illnesses. Over 133 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions, and the Medical Home model can help them lead healthier lives. Medical Homes are sometimes called advanced medical homes or patient-centered medical homes.
While traditional care is reactive and geared to address acute care needs, Medical Home practices proactively address health challenges before they become problems. The goal is to connect the many elements of patient care, including those that occur outside the doctor’s office.
In 2007, four medical professional societies representing over 333,000 physicians issued seven principles describing the characteristics of a medical home. The family physicians, internists, osteopathic physicians, and pediatricians who belong to these organizations provide the vast majority of primary care in the United States. There are many definitions of the medical home; and there are numerous published articles on the model.