While the patient-centered medical home concept is not new, passage of the Affordable Care Act has elevated the idea of a whole-person orientation to care that’s delivered in a more coordinated way to engaged patients.
"It’s a team-based approach to management of our patients," said Felice Lewaine, RN, medical home care coordinator at two primary care offices with Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, N.J. "I’m making sure all of the care is coordinated to help patients manage their health."
The American Academy of Pediatrics coined the term medical home in 1967. Forty years later, the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association adopted consensus principles of the patient-centered medical home, known as PCMH.
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The team-based approach in patient engagement is on the rise as patient-centered care becomes a focus in the future of healthcare. The coordination of team-based care helps patients better manage their health. Nurse.com reports: