Patient-Centered Medical Home

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It is called the patient centered medical home and it is one if the hottest concepts in medicine.

Essentially the patient centered medical home is a way to describe doctor’s practices that provide first contact, continuous, comprehensive, whole person care for patients across the practice.

The keys are: care of the whole person – where the doctor provides the first contact and continuous comprehensive care – and it is best when developed with a supporting organization and a team.

The goal is to get patients involved in controlling their care but with close follow up.