What is a Medical Home?
What is a Medical Home?
A medical home is a way to provide high quality health care services that best meet the needs of your child and your family. It is not a building, house or hospital. It is a partnership between you and your family and your primary care doctor, nurse and staff. Together, we make sure that the healthcare needs of your child are met.
Your Medical Team:
Shares information with you and includes your decisions as partners in care
Provides primary health care including regular check-ups, preventative services and illness visits
Works to catch problems early – which can prevent emergency room visits
Helps you plan for and manage any chronic health problems
Coordinates care with specialists and/or other organizations when needed
Helps connect you to resources in the community
Helps lower family stress, health care costs, and missed school and work days
Your Role in the Medical Home:
As partners in care, it is important that you keep your medical home informed of any factors that may influence your child’s health, such as:
Appointments with other providers, such as specialists, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, etc.
Updates to medications or allergies
Any changes to overall health status or medical history
If you need to speak with a member of your child’s medical team call the office during office hours. For urgent medical questions after regular office hours call the office number to speak with the appropriate clinician. As always, for true emergencies, call 911.
Our office hours and specific location phone numbers are listed on our website: pediatricalliance.com
The website also has links to reliable websites for accurate information, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and links for specific community resources.
Learn more about the Medical Home – what to expect and how to make the most of it – by visiting www.MedicalHomeInfo.org
Quality Improvement Results
AHN Pediatrics – Pediatric Alliance is constantly striving to provide the highest quality of care and provide an exceptional medical home for our patients and family. Below are the results of some of our improvement projects, which are always ongoing.
Patient Satisfaction Survey Results
HPV Vaccine Series Completion
The HPV vaccine is an important cancer prevention vaccine. AHN Pediatrics – Pediatric Alliance encourages all children to complete the series by the age of 13.
Appropriate Prescription of Antibiotics
As per the CDC, inappropriate antibiotic use is the leading cause of antibiotic resistance. To combat antibiotic resistance, we all must use antibiotics correctly and only when needed. Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis. Therefore, unless there are other symptoms present to indicate the need for an antibiotic, AHN Pediatrics – Pediatric Alliance providers advise to treat those illnesses with other treatment options, such as rest and fluids rather than antibiotics.