The health and wellness of our patients is our highest priority. Providing the best possible care for every patient is our primary goal. The only way we can meet this goal is if you and your provider work together. This is the basis behind the Patient-Centered Medical Home.
These are the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home:
- Personal physician – Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician trained to provide first contact and continuous, comprehensive care. In addition, your personal physician leads a team of individuals who collectively take responsibility for your ongoing care. You are part of this team.
- Whole-person orientation – Your personal physician is responsible for providing all your health care needs or taking responsibility for appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes care for all stages of life: acute care, chronic care, preventive services, and end of life care.
- Coordinated or integrated care – Your physician and health care team will coordinate your care with other elements of the health care system, such as subspecialty care, hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes. They are also equipped to integrate this care with your family, as well as any public or private community services you may currently use or that may benefit you. Your Patient-Centered Medical Home uses a vast array of information technology, registries, health information exchange, etc., to make sure you get the care you need--when and where you need it.
- Quality and safety – By centralizing your care in one place, the potential for errors is minimized. Moreover, by putting the focus on you--our patient--the quality of care is enhanced. Patients and their families will have access to evidence-based care as well as self-management support to help achieve better health outcomes.
- Enhanced access to care – Open scheduling, expanded hours and new options for communication between patients, their personal physician and practice staff (e.g. web-based patient portal) makes it easier and quicker to get the care you need.
Shared Medical Appointments
Who benefits from this type of program?
Shared medical appointments can be satisfying to both the physician and the patient. They can offer an increase in the productivity and efficiency of the health care team, and can enhance the patient’s visit by offering a holistic and therapeutic approach. Group visits are generally most appropriate for:
- Patients needing routine follow-up care
- Stable, chronically ill patients requiring total mind/body care
- Patients who typically require more time with their physician
- Patients with frequent return visits
Why do they work?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the success of shared medical appointments. Shared medical appointments:
- Provide examples of successful health management
- Make patients feel less alone in their condition
- Share information and relieve patient anxiety
- Encourage regard for the welfare of others
- Promote imitative behavior and allow for positive role modeling among patient peers
- Offer interpersonal and cognitive learning within the group setting
- Provide group cohesiveness where peers can offer support