What is a Patient Centered Medical Home?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a pediatric medical home shall:

  • Provide medical care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and should be accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.
  • Deliver health care services by well-trained providers who help to manage and facilitate all aspects of pediatric care.
  • Assure the provider be known to the child and family, and be able to develop a partnership of mutual responsibility and trust.

Kidz1st Pediatrics promises to offer:

  • Partnership: providing family-centered care by developing a trusting partnership with families while respecting their diversity and recognizing that they are the constant in a child’s life.
  • Clarity: sharing clear and unbiased information with your family about your child’s medical care and management, and about the specialty and community services and organizations which they can access.
  • Primary care:  providing not only acute and chronic care, but also preventive services like breastfeeding promotion and management, immunizations, growth and developmental assessments, appropriate screenings, health care supervision and patient and parent counseling about health, nutrition, safety, parenting, and psychological issues.
  • Secondary care: assurance that phone contact for acute illnesses/emergencies will be continuously available (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year).
  • Continuity: providing care over an extended period of time to ensure continuity.
  • Referrals: identify the need for consultation and appropriate referral to a pediatric sub specialist including behavioral health care providers.
  • Intervention: interaction with early intervention programs, schools, early childhood education and childcare programs, and other public and private community agencies to be certain that the special needs of your child and your family are addressed.
  • Coordination: provision of care coordination services in which your family, your provider, and other services work to implement a specific care plan as an organized team.
  • Record-keeping: maintenance of an accessible, comprehensive, central record that contains all pertinent information about you or your child, preserving confidentiality.
  • Assessment: provision of developmentally appropriate and culturally competent health assessments and counseling to ensure successful transition to adult-oriented health care, work, and independence in a deliberate, coordinated way.