- Family-centered partnership: Trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families, respecting their diversity and recognizing that they are the constant in a child's life
- Community-based system: Family-centered, coordinated collaborations designed to promote the healthy development and well being of children and their families
- Transitions: Provision of high-quality, developmentally appropriate, health care services that continue uninterrupted as the individual moves along and within systems of services and from adolescence to adulthood
- Value: A high-performance health care system requires appropriate financing to support and sustain medical homes that promote system-wide quality care with optimal health outcomes, family satisfaction, and cost efficiency
National Center for Medical Home Implementation
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), works to ensure that all children and youth, including children with special needs, have access to a medical home by providing medical home resources, technical assistance, and support to physicians, families, and other medical and non-medical providers who care for children.
Center for Medical Home Improvement
at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, Concord, New Hampshire, the site offers useful guides, tools, assessments, and other resources.
The Digital Navigator is a web-based software application that will help to guide patient care decisions, promote family and patient education, and support administrative functions to ensure successful implementation of the Patient and Family-Centered Medical Home model of care based on the 2011 NCQA Standards.
Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home ( 37 KB)
A 2007 consensus statement from the AAP, AAFP, ACP, and AOA.
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
An organization of employers, physician organizations, trade associations, health benefits companies, and others advocating for wide-spread implementation of the patient-centered medical home.
Patient-Centered Medical Home Intro (Video)
Looking for a better approach to healthcare? Watch this 4-minute video about the Patient Centered Medical Home, from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
Building your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation (AAP)
A guide to building a medical home in practice, aimed at achieving recognition by the NCQA, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program
A program of the National Committee on Quality Assurance to "recognize" practices as Medical Homes.
National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP)
An independent academy of state health policymakers, "dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice and providing a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues." NASHP has sponsored a number of programs to support states in fostering and implementing medical homes.
Medical Home Literature
An extensive bibliography of Medical Home related publications.
Family Voices is a national, nonprofit, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. Locate centers by state, F2F HICs (Family-to-Family Health Information Centers).
How to Partner with Your Physician (AAP)
Provides background information, links, and other resources, from the American Academy of Pediatrics' National Center for Medical Home Implementation.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Home Initiatives for Children With Special Needs Project Advisory Committee.
Policy statement: the Medical Home.
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Care coordination in the medical home: integrating health and related systems of care for children with special health care needs.
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