Wade Family Medicine is an Select Health Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
What is a patient-centered medical home?
It’s a philosophy of health care that encourages physicians and health care providers to meet patients where they are, for the simplest to the most complex conditions. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a care delivery model whereby patients treatment is coordinated through their primary care physician to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand.
Although it has been a mindset of Wade Family Medicine since our inception, a PCMH treats the whole person in order to continuously improve their patients’ health.
As a locally recognized PCMH and in conjunction with Select Health, Wade Family Medicine meets or exceeds the measures of NCQA-defined standards:
- Enhancing practice access and continuity
- Identifying and managing patient populations
- Planning and managing patient care
- Providing self-care support and community resources
- Tracking and coordinating care
- Measuring and improving performance
So what does that mean for our patients?
While most of what happens is mostly behind the scenes, you will notice some differences. Patients are encouraged to be proactive in their health care with help from a nurse care manager. For instance, If you’re diabetic, you’ll receive counselling and preventative follow-ups, such as a reminder for exams.
As a PCMH, Wade Family Medicine will also get prioritized screening for common health issues, such as depression and high blood pressure, and referrals to specialists. Patients who need further testing, labs, imaging, or referrals, are provided those resources, and most importantly, the results are tracked to help our patients stay proactive.
Overall the program looks to improve health care outcomes, reduce costs and enhance patient-provider relationships.