Medical Home Policy Statements and Background Information

Posted on: March 23, 2010

Illinois Medical Home Project

About Medical Home | For Providers | For Youth & Families

A medical home is an approach to providing primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.  In a medical home, the primary care team develops a trusting relationship with the family and works as a partner to assure that all of the child’s needs are met.

Through its medical home initiatives, ICAAP works with individual physicians, primary care practices, and community and state agencies to support the dissemination and implementation of the medical home model, with a focus on improving services for children with special health care needs.

Key medical home policy statements and background articles

The Medical Home (2002)

AAP Policy Statement

This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides a comprehensive explanation and operational definition of the medical home concept.  [...more]

Benefits of Implementing the Primary Care Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Review of Cost & Quality Results (2012)

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

The report provides a summary of results from PCMH pilots and demonstration projects across the United States. The results provide substantial support for the PCMH and the health care providers that are adopting it; the data shows both short-term and long-term cost savings for patients, health care providers, and employers. It also defines the features of a PCMH and outlines how each element of a PCMH facilitates lower costs, improved care and better health outcomes.

Pediatricians and Families: Working Together to Build Medical Homes (2004)

Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP

This commentary serves as a companion to the above policy statement and explains the medical home from a parent’s perspective. [...more]

Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (2007)

AAFP, AAP, ACP, and AOA

This statement puts forth principles of the medical home as jointly developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association.  [...more]

The Value of the Medical Home for Children Without Special Health Care Needs (2012)

Webb E. Long, Howard Bauchner, Robert D. Sege, Howard J. Cabral, and Arvin Garg

This study found that the medical home concept benefits children without special health care needs as well. Those children without special health care needs that had a medical home had more preventive care visits, fewer outpatient sick visits, and an increase in health-promoting behaviors. [...more]

History of the Medical Home Concept (2004)

Calvin Sia, MD, FAAP; Thomas F. Tonniges, MD, FAAP; Elizabeth Osterhus, MA; and Sharon Taba, MEd

This article explores the evolution of the medical home concept and the future of this model of care. [...more]

Care Coordination in the Medical Home: Integrating Health and Related Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (2005)

AAP Policy Statement

This policy statement describes the importance of care coordination and outlines the primary care physician’s role in linking families with appropriate services. [...more]

Family-Centered Care and the Pediatrician’s Role (2003)

AAP Policy Statement

This policy statement outlines the benefits of family-centered care and makes recommendations for integrating this approach in practice. [...more]

Medical Home 2009: What It Is, Where We Were, and Where We Are Today (2009)

Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH; W. Carl Cooley, MD; and Bonnie Strickland, PhD

This article discusses the potential of the medical home concept as a model for chronic illness care and prevention. [...more]

Building a Medical Home Brick by Brick (2006)

Timothy A. Geleske, MD, FAAP

In this article, a pediatrician discusses his practice’s efforts to build a medical home and improve care for patients with special health care needs. [...more]

The Family-Centered Medical Home in Pediatrics (2009)

Richard Antonelli, MD, MS, FAAP and Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP

This article provides an overview and commentary on the potential of the medical home model to improve care. [...more]

Ten Steps to Medical Home (2009)

Anton J. Kuzel, MD, MHPE

This article suggests 10 steps to build a medical home in a manner that is financially sustainable. [...more]

Patient-Centered Medical Home Checklist

AAFP

This checklist from the American Academy of Family Physicians highlights some of the key components of a medical home. [...more]

MCHB Core Outcome #2, By State (2007)

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

This document displays medical home achievement by state. [...more]

2005/2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Illinois Chartbook (2007)

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

This document presents data related to children with special health care needs and medical home in Illinois. [...more]

National Committee for Quality Assurance Medical Home Recognition Program Overview

NCQA

This document provides an overview of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program through the NCQA.  [...more]

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For more information about ICAAP and Medical Home, please contact:

Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP
Associate Executive Director, Programs
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026 ext 208
Fax: 312/733-1791
ksanabria@illinoisaap.com

ABSTRACT. The American Academy of Pediatrics proposed
a definition of the medical home in a 1992 policy
statement. Efforts to establish medical homes for all children
have encountered many challenges, including the
existence of multiple interpretations of the medical
home concept and the lack of adequate reimbursement
for services provided by physicians caring for children in
a medical home. This new policy statement contains an
expanded and more comprehensive interpretation of the
concept and an operational definition of the medical
home.