Patient-Centered Medical Home Status
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated Allegan Professional Health Services as a 2015 patient-centered medical home practice. The designation period runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
What is patient-centered medical home?
A patient-centered medical home is health care focused on you, the patient. It is a partnership between you and your healthcare provider. Your provider leads a team of healthcare professionals committed to improving your overall health and to helping you reach your health goals.
Instead of just being treated for a problem here and there without making a connection between symptoms, the patient-centered medical home focuses on connecting the dots and coordinating care.
Your health team may consist of your primary care doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurses, specialty physicians, pharmacists, nutritionist, care coordinators and others depending on your needs.
For example, do you want to quit smoking? Better control your diabetes or asthma? Lose weight? Manage your stress? Your medical home provider will put the right team in place for you.
Q. Are there advantages for me?
The team in your patient-centered medical home looks at your whole health picture. They spend more time with you at your visit. PCMH aims to prevent problems from occurring and puts control of your health where it belongs — with you and your team.
Because they know you, it is easier to get care when you need it. You have 24-hour access to your medical home. If you have a health problem in the middle of the night, your patient-centered medical home team is available, possibly helping you avoid a trip to the emergency room.
Your provider’s office will follow-up with you after your visit to see how you’re doing, or remind you to schedule tests that help manage your conditions.
If you need a specialist for a specific condition, your patient-centered medical home will help you find the right specialist for your needs. Because all your tests and treatments by other doctors have been sent to your primary care provider, you have a centralized home for your medical history. You won’t have to re-explain every symptom and test result each time you visit your provider.
Q. Do I see the entire team at my appointment?
You make an appointment with your patient-centered medical home provider. Your provider’s office will coordinate any care needed from other team members.
Q. Can I see other doctors who are not part of my patient centered medical home?
Yes, unless your benefit plan requires you to receive care from a designated patient-centered medical home provider.