“Patient Care Medical Home” is a term that coincides with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) emphasis on enhancing the role of primary care.
Clinics such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), rural health clinics (RHC), and some hospital outpatient departments (such as 1206-d clinics), frequently function as safety net providers and the medical access point for their communities. As a result, they evolve into the base “medical home” for local residents. This initial access point of care makes them an ideal starting point for developing a patient relationship that can be expanded to other areas of care.
By obtaining more information about each patient at the initial point of contact, asking the right questions, and entering the information into a now required electronic medical records system, clinics have opportunities for improving how they coordinate patient care. This data becomes a key component in understanding the needs of each patient, assisting in better care planning and allows for future sharing of information with other providers as needed. (more…)