The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A path to quality, affordable health care
A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is not a building, a house, or a hospital. It is a model of care designed to better coordinate your care with an emphasis on your overall well-being.
With a PCMH, you become the center of your care coordinated by a team led by your primary care provider (PCP). At this time, the PCMH program is voluntary and only applies to PCPs who have PPO and HMO plan members. Ask your PCP if they are participating in HMSA’s PCMH program.
The goal is to ensure that you receive the right care at the right time and at the right place. A primary care provider follows up on your care, coordinates care with any specialists you may see, encourages you to use screening services appropriate for you, and tracks your care using electronic health records. Your PCMH provider will also track your progress as you work on a healthier you.
To learn more about PCMH, please read the Island Scene article, Patient-Centered Medical Home Focuses on You.