A medical home is not a place, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner. Children and their families who have a medical home receive the care that they need from a pediatrician or physician whom they know and trust."
The Medical Home Work Group focuses on introducing and promoting the medical home concept to families and primary care providers who are most central to its implementation. It also educates health plans, state agencies and advocates across Massachusetts on the benefits of a medical home approach.
The Work at Hand
The Medical Home Work Group is:
- seeking broad endorsements of the AAP Policy Statements on the medical home (1999, 2002);
- working to ensure that outreach and training efforts on the medical home concept are planned and implemented in a coordinated fashion;
- serving as a link between the Consortium and other projects working to implement the medical home model for CSHCN nationwide.
Work Group members currently include representatives from:
• American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter
• The Center for Families at Children's Hospital Boston
• Children's Hospital Boston, Division of General Pediatrics
• The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School
• Family TIES of Massachusetts
• Massachusetts Association of Family Physicians
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health
• Massachusetts Family Voices
• University of Massachusetts Medical School
• University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care
• New England SERVE
The Work Group has served as an advisory group to the Massachusetts Medical Home Project, the MDPH initiative that is moving state care coordinators from regional health offices into community-based primary care practices. It also co-sponsored the AAP Every Child Deserves a Medical Home training program in Boston in 2001 and in Springfield in 2003.
The work of the Medical Home Work Group has been supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the Health Services and Resources Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.