Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
According to the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, Patient-Centered Medical home is a "philosophy that drives primary care excellence." MACHC believes in and promotes this philosophy along with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient-Centered Medical Home definition.
AHRQ describes the medical home primary care delivery model as:
Patient-centered: A partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families ensures that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences, and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.
Comprehensive: A team of care providers is wholly accountable for a patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care.
Coordinated: Care is organized across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services and supports.
Accessible: Patients are able to access services with shorter waiting times, "after hours" care, 24/7 electronic or telephone access, and strong communication through health IT innovations.
Committed to quality and safety: Clinicians and staff enhance quality improvement to ensure that patients and families make informed decisions about their health.
The following Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland and Delaware are PCMH recognized.
Baltimore Medical Systems
Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.
Chesapeake Heath Care
Family Healthcare of Hagerstown
Family Health Centers of Baltimore
Healthcare for the Homeless
Mountain Laurel Medical Center
Owensville Primary Care
Henrietta Johnson Medical Center
La Red Health Center
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