This definition was laid out by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association in the 2007 Joint Principles for the Patient Centered Medical Home. This defines critical principles within the PCMH model:
- Access to a personal physician who leads the care team within a medical practice
- A whole-person orientation to providing patient care
- Integrated and coordinated care
- Focus on quality and safety
Through the medical home model, our practices seek to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the care they deliver, and to ensure that the activities within the practice are focused on meeting patient needs first. The PCMH model seeks to foster a relationship of trust between the our orthopedic care team and the patient, and to actively engage patients as partners in their health care.