What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?
A patient-centered medical home is a primary care system that emphasizes care coordination and communication, and focuses on patients’ needs. Patient-centered medical homes provide higher quality care at lower costs, and improve the whole care experience for both patients and providers.
What You Can Expect from your Medical Home
Northwest Primary Care is an Oregon Health Authority recognized Tier 3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home. A Patient-Centered Primary Care Home is a health care clinic that has been recognized for commitment to providing high quality, patient-centered care. Patient-Centered Medical Homes reduce costs and improve care by catching problems early, focusing on prevention, wellness, and management of chronic conditions; and foster strong relationships with patients and their families to better treat the whole patient. OHA recognition means that you will receive care that meets or exceeds key OHA standards.
Key Standards for OHA recognition
- Access to care: You will get the care you need, when you need it.
- Accountability: We will ensure that you receive the best possible care.
- Comprehensive Service: Our clinics provide all of the care, information, and services you need.
- Continuity: We work with our patients and community to improve total patient and population health over time.
- Coordination and integration: We will help you navigate the care system in order to meet your needs in a safe and timely way.
- Patient and family-centered: You are the most important member of your health care team. We provide an ongoing, active partnership with your personal primary care physician who is dedicated to giving you the best possible care.
Your personal Northwest Primary Care physician is the chief member of your Patient-Centered Medical Home, and will coordinate your care across all systems and act as your care representative. Our care teams practice evidence-based medicine and use clinical decision-support tools to help you make the best decisions about your care. Assisted by information technology, health information exchanges, and other resources, your care team will ensure you receive care when and where you need it and provide you and your family with the education and support you need to actively participate in your care.
For more information on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program, please visit the OHA website.