The Medical Home
A “medical home” is a process for care that unfortunately has a really confusing name. It has nothing to do with a physical home or medical facility. It has everything to do with building an environment of quality care and clear communication around your child’s medical needs. Your Child's "Medical Home": What You Need to Know (PDF) contains information on what a medical home means for you and your child and your pediatric team.
To create a medical home that meets the child’s medical and non-medical needs, the child’s family forms a partnership with the care team. This helps the family access, coordinate, and understand specialty care, educational services, out-of-home care, family support, and other services that are important for the health of the child and the family. If you are interested in the medical home idea, you can learn more at The National Center for Medical Home Implementation.
The Department of State Health Services, Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) have developed a Texas Medical Home Toolkit (PDF). The toolkit includes articles about becoming a partner with your child's physician, questions to ask when choosing a doctor, a parent story and resources.