Pa. Medical Home Program

Service Description

Since 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has funded the Pennsylvania Medical Home Program also known as “Educating Practices in Community Integrated Care (EPIC-IC)" through a grant with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP).  

  

Mission

The mission of the Pa. Medical Home Program is to enhance the quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) through recognition and support of families as the central caregivers for their child, effective community-based care coordination, and improved primary health care.  The mission is consistent with the Title V Block Grant National Performance Measure 3 which measures the progress towards: “The percent of children with special health care needs age 0 to 18 who receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home."  The expected outcome of the Pa. Medical Home Program is “to improve the quality of life for CYSHCN and their families by continuing to build sustainable medical home teams in primary care practices and health care systems throughout Pennsylvania."

 

What is a Medical Home? Picture of female doctor examining child

A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive health care to children with special health care needs.  Health professionals and families work together as partners to identify and arrange all of the services needed to help the child with special health care needs to reach his/her potential.  A medical home is patient and family-centered and accessible; provides comprehensive, continuous, coordinated services; has compassionate staff and is community-based and culturally competent.  

 

A joint statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association (March 2007) identified the following core principles of the medical home:

  • Personal physician
  • Physician directed medical practice
  • Whole person orientation
  • Care coordination across multiple systems
  • Quality and safety
  • Enhanced access
  • Appropriate payment for services

For more information visit Pa. Medical Home program website.  

Program Accomplishments:

  • As of February 2014, over 150 pediatric practices have been trained in the medical home principles.  
  • Over 29,000 children and youth with special health care needs have been identified on patient registries.
  • Parent Partner involvement has increased to include 210 Parent Partners statewide.
  • Data collection efforts have demonstrated a favorable impact of the medical home on health care utilization (fewer Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations), and increased family satisfaction and quality of life for CYSHCN and their families.

Who to Contact:

Want more information?  Contact the Bureau of Family Health, Division of Community Systems Development and Outreach at 717-772-2763.  

 

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