Newsletter - Engaging In & Preparing for Your Healthcare
October is Patient-Centered Care Month!
Own Your Own Health was formed as way to carry out the “patient-centered medical home” approach to care by empowering patients and family members to be more engaged in their health and healthcare by providing workshops and health journey coaching to develop skills and learn about tools to be an empowered informed consumer. OYOH staff has been involved in Colorado’s “medical home” efforts since 2007, before OYOH existed. All week we will highlight initiatives working to make healthcare center on patients and families on our Facebook page. LIKE US and SHARE these posts so your friends and family will become informed consumers too!
What is the “medical home”?
The “medical home” is not a place. Rather, it is an approach to healthcare that includes the patient and the family in a team-based method of care which is accessible, coordinated, culturally-sensitive, continuous, compassionate, and community-based, where the patient and the family are at the center. Learn more about what Colorado is doing. Own Your Own Health serves on the Colorado Medical Home Initiative Community Forum.
Colorado’s 11 Medical Home Standards (developed in 2007-2008) OYOH’s Executive Director took part in developing the Medical Home Standards. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
1. Provides 24 hour 7 day access to a provider or trained triage service.
2. Child/family has a personal provider or team familiar with their child’s health history.
3. Appointments are based on condition (acute, chronic, well or diagnostic) and provider can accommodate same day scheduling when needed.
4. A system is in place for children and families to obtain information and referrals about insurance, community resources, non-medical services, education and transition to adult providers.
5. Provider and office staff communicates in a way that is family centered and encourages the family to be a partner in health care decision making.
6. Provider and office staff demonstrate cultural competency.
7. The designated Medical Home takes the primary responsibility for care coordination
8. Age appropriate preventive care and screening are provided or coordinated by the provider on a timely basis.
9. The designated Medical Home adopts and implements evidence-based diagnosis and treatment guidelines.
10. The child’s medical records are up to date and comprehensive, and upon the family’s authorization, records may be shared with other providers or agencies.
11. The Medical Home has a continuous quality improvement plan that references Medical Home standards and elements.
How do I access certified patient-centered medical home care?
Primary care practices (pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine) are able to be certified as Patient Centered Medical Homes. This demonstrates that they have built systems within their practice to carry out the patient centered medical home approach to care. The primary care practice is seen as the hub of your care and they are responsible for coordinating continuous care for your family in this model of care.
Find a practice or provider who is certified or working toward it.
What do you want your healthcare to look like?
Across Colorado and the nation, healthcare is transforming to become more patient- and family-centered. Let us know on Facebook what you want your healthcare to look like!
More Tools & Resources
Check out tools and resources to be a more informed consumer.
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