Your Preferred Medical Home
This year, all Preferred Primary Care Physicians offices are working towards Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Below, you'll find more information explaining what this means for you and your family.
1) What is a Patient Centered Medical Home?
Patient Centered Medical Home is an approach to providing health care that gives you:
- Regular care with your doctor and the office staff.
- Coordinated and quality care.
- Easier access to the office for information and visits.
2) How does this affect me?
The Patient Centered Medical Home approach encourages you to partner with your physician to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Your Primary Care Physician will work with you and coordinate your care with other health care providers as needed to provide the best quality care possible.
3) What do I need to know about a Patient Centered Medical Home?
- Your Primary Care Physician will oversee and coordinate your health care.
- Your Primary Care Physician will refer you to specialists and other health care providers as needed.
- Your Primary Care Physician will offer well care exams and preventive care as well as disease management following evidence based guidelines.
- Your Primary Care Physician and the office staff will help you make healthy lifestyle choices.
4) What do I need to do?
- Be an active team member in your health care.
- Tell your Primary Care Physician about other doctors taking care of you and medications prescribed by other doctors.
- Keep your appointments and follow your health care plan.
- Talk to your Primary Care Physician’s office, if possible, before seeing another doctor, going to an Urgent Care or the Emergency Room, or having tests or X rays done.
- If you do go to the Emergency Room or are admitted to the hospital, call within 2 days of discharge to schedule a follow up appointment.
Preferred Primary Care Physicians Patient Centered Medical Home Partnership Information
As part of the Patient Centered Medical Home your doctor and the office staff will:
- Review your medications at every visit
- Electronically prescribe medications at your personal pharmacy
- Work with you to create a personal plan and goals for your health
- Let you know how to reach a physician for after hours emergencies
- Schedule same day appointments for you when you are sick
- Notify you of abnormal test results if we order the test
As part of the Patient Centered Medical Home, I agree to:
- Make sure my doctor knows my entire medical history
- Tell my doctor of all medications, vitamins and supplements that I take
- Follow my personal health plan and goals that I set with my doctor
- Consult my doctor before making an appointment with a specialist or visiting an Urgent Care or Emergency Room (unless I believe it is a true emergency)
- Call the doctor’s office within 2 days of an Emergency Room visit or hospital admission to schedule a follow up appointment
- Keep my appointments as scheduled