No Place Like a Medical Home

Monday, July 30th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

It’s hard to talk about disease management, the state of primary care or emergency room use without mentioning the need for medical homes for all. Just because a patient has a primary care provider, says Commonwealth Medicine consultant Liz Reardon, does not mean that the patient has a medical home. “A medical home is something beyond a primary care office. It’s not a building, it’s an approach. It’s a way of working with patients, working with families and working within the healthcare system.” This week in the HIN Weekly Business Update we share more of Liz’s thoughts in this area. The medical home model makes even more sense in the face of predicted provider shortages (the latest just announced in Massachusetts) and baby boomers’ looming demand on the healthcare system.

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