Casper Children’s Center is committed to providing the best pediatric medical care possible to our patients from birth (or even before!) through young adulthood. By embracing the “Medical Home” concept, our goal is comprehensive, convenient, accessible care whenever you need it!
What is a “medical home” ? …
The medical home was first introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1967 and represents a home base for any child's medical and non-medical care. Today's medical home is a cultivated partnership between the patient, family, and pediatrician in cooperation with specialists and support from the community. The patient/family is the focal point of this model, and the medical home is built around this center. Care under the medical home model must be accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.
A Pediatric Medical Home embodies the following 6 principles:
1. Pediatrician: Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a pediatrician trained to provide first contact, continuous and comprehensive care.
2. Physician directed medical practice: The pediatrician leads a team of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for the ongoing care of patients.
3. Whole person orientation: The pediatrician is responsible for providing for all the patient's health care needs or taking responsibility for appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes care for all stages of life and type of care required.
4. Care is coordinated and/or integrated: Across all elements of the complex health care system (e.g., subspecialty care, hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes) and the patient's community (e.g., family, public and private community-based services). Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
5. Quality and safety are hallmarks of the medical home:
• Practices advocate for their patients to support the attainment of optimal, patient-centered outcomes that are defined by a care planning process driven by a compassionate, robust partnership between physicians, patients, and the patient's family.
• Evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-support tools guide decision making.
• Physicians in the practice accept accountability for continuous quality improvement through voluntary engagement in performance measurement and improvement.
• Patients actively participate in decision-making, and feedback is sought to ensure patients' expectations are being met.
• Information technology is utilized appropriately to support optimal patient care, performance measurement, patient education, and enhanced communication.
• Practices go through a voluntary recognition process by an appropriate non-governmental entity to demonstrate that they have the capabilities to provide patient centered services consistent with the medical home model.
• Patients and families participate in quality improvement activities at the practice level.
6. Enhanced access to care: Is available through systems such as open scheduling, expanded hours and new options for communication between patients, their pediatrician, and practice staff.
Casper Children’s Center embraces these principles and is excited to be the medical home for your children. We look forward to an open and continuing dialogue as we embark on this partnership with you and your family.