A Medical Home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff, and families.
A Medical Home extends beyond the four walls of a clinical practice. It includes specialty care, educational services, family support, and more.
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Medical Home Activities, Partners, Stakeholders, National Center for Medical Home Implementation
This resource from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation provides information about pediatric medical home activities, partners, and stakeholders in Pennsylvania. RESOURCE PAGE
Stepping Stones: Sizing Up Your Medical Home
A PEAL Center created tool to help families understand “Medical Home.” Just like there are different types of health insurance plans, different size hospitals, and different levels of care, there are different styles of medical practices. Learn the features of Medical Home to help you get the type of care that you are looking for.
PA Medical Home Program
The PA Medical Home Program (PA MHP) is a project of the PA Department of Health in partnership with the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics designed to improve care for CYSHCN. Visit the PA Medical Home Program.
Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN
The National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN are guided by the following essential principles. These four principles are the foundation for all standards in each domain, and should be in place to ensure a comprehensive, quality system of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
Health & Wellness
Health and wellness issues include:
- — Nutrition
- — Health Weight
- — Physical Activity
- — Sexuality
- — Immunizations/Vaccines
- — Medical Tests/Assessments
- — Medications/Prescriptions
- — Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
- — Medical Supplies
- — Oral and Dental Health
- — Vision Health
- — Assistive Technology
- — NCECHW advances best practices for linking health and early childhood education systems, health care professionals, and families.
- — NCECW provides information, resources, materials, training, and implementation support on topics such as: medical and dental home access; health promotion and disease prevention; emergency preparedness and environmental safety; trauma and toxic stress; developmental, behavioral, vision, and hearing screening; and nutrition.
- — Physical, mental, and social health resources for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Care Notebooks & Record Keeping
Care notebooks enable families to keep important information about their CYSHCN in one place for quick and easy access. Keeping documents organized is helpful in tracking and managing appointments, condition, medications, treatment, health history, and provider contact information.
Organize Your Child’s Health Information, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Create a Care Notebook, Family Voices