For Overall Health, There’s No Place Like the Medical Home
By David Doolittle

Home_healthThere’s no question that keeping patients healthy takes more than just preventive medical care.

It takes focusing on the well-being of the entire person – caring not only for acute and chronic problems, but also a patients’ mental health. It also requires our patients to understand proper nutrition and have access to pharmacies and other therapies.

The medical home seeks to create such a whole health environment, either within a single practice or via partnerships throughout the community.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a medical home is a primary care model that encompasses: 

  • Comprehensive care from a team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, educators, and care coordinators;
  • Patient-centered care that focuses on building relationships and recognizing patients and their families as core members of the care team. This includes understanding each patient’s unique needs, cultures, values, and preferences;
  • Coordination across all aspects of the system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, and community services;
  • Accessibility, such as shorter waiting times, longer in-person hours, and 24-hour telephone or electronic access to a care-team member; and
  • Commitment to quality and safety, including using evidence-based medicine, measuring and responding to patient satisfaction, and sharing data and improvement activities across the entire health care system. 

If you’re interested in transforming your practice into a medical home, make plans to attend the Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit this weekend in Austin.

The Texas Medical Association is a founding sponsor of the sixth-annual summit, which is dedicated to helping clinicians and their staff incorporate new tools and methods to improve care. 

The summit will feature presentations from a variety of practitioners who have successfully transformed their practices into medical homes. You can count on getting practical, tangible, and useful tips and tools to help practices at all stages of their transformation.

In addition, participants are eligible for up to 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits.

The summit will be held April 5 and 6 at the Renaissance Hotel at the Arboretum in Austin.

You can find more information, including how to register and the complete agenda, on the summit’s website

Last Updated On

April 12, 2018

David Doolittle


(512) 370-1385

Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

More stories by David Doolittle