Welcome back to Health Care For the People for today’s post called Who is your PCP Part 2- The Primary Care Medical Home. In part 1 we talked about the importance of having a PCP and now we are going to talk about the Primary Care Medical Home, or what we call in the industry, PCMH.
The Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) is a model whereby your PCP is the quarterback of your care for the rest of your care team.
What is a care team you ask?
Well for starters your care team is not going to look the same as someone else’s care team.
Depending on your current health state you might have only one doctor, your PCP, or you might have multiple doctors treating different diseases. You might have a mental health provider or a social worker.
If your care is very complex you might also have a care coordinator, which is an individual who is not a clinician but who works very closely with your PCP to coordinate your care between the different providers on your care team.
Potential Members of the Care Team:
- Care Coordinator
- Mental Health Provider
- Social Worker
- Hospital-based providers in the event of hospitalization
- Community providers such as home health or skilled nursing facility staff
As you can see, depending on the complexity of your health situation, it can be really complex and just like anything else in this world Communication is Key! So it’s really important that your PCP (and potentially Care Coordinator) are working to optimally communicate and collaborate on improving your health outcomes.
That’s why we call the PCP your quarterback in the PCMH model. Your PCP is at the center of your healthcare world, looking at you holistically as a patient and serving as your quarterback who is fully knowledgeable in the care you are receiving from all your providers.
If you’re interested in learning more, here is a great link from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative that has some really helpful graphics:
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Cheers to Health and Happiness!