Provider’s Weigh In: The Importance of Establishing a Primary Care Medical Home
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Lamorris Perry, MD
Many people see monitoring their health as an emergency response and only seek care when there is already a problem. At that point, they’ll go anywhere they can to get help. However, staying consistently involved in understanding and monitoring your body and the effects of your lifestyle is important to properly maintain your health.
“Patients often don’t make the effort to work consistently with one healthcare provider because they undervalue relevance of doctor-patient relationships”, says Dr. Lamorris Perry, a general pediatrician at the Mile Square Health Center South Shore site. Perry insists that the key to superior healthcare is trust and care continuity.
In order for doctors to take care of their patients, patients have to be comfortable with being open and honest about their lifestyle and habits. It takes time, but if patients and physicians bond and truly cooperate with each other, the patient’s overall health can benefit substantially — which is why establishing a medical home is so important.
A primary care medical home, also called a patient-centered medical home, is a healthcare model designed to transform the organization and deliver primary care by increasing care accessibility. To provide personal, comprehensive, and continuous medical care to patients of all ages, medical homes operate through a framework developed by the Institute for Health Care Improvement called “Triple Aim.” This initiative is designed to focus on improving the patient experience of care (both quality and satisfaction), maximizing health and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
When patients work diligently with a primary care medical home, doctors can more accurately survey the health of an individual over time.
“By understanding more about how the patient responds to their care, physicians can offer much more detailed care that best suits the unique situation and interests of the patient.” Perry says. “Furthermore, patients experience less health complications, overall, because they receive better healthcare, which is especially important for people with chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma.”
UI Health’s Mile Square Health Center serves as the medical home to nearly 40,000 individuals, providing affordable, holistic, high-quality healthcare services across many of the underserved populations of Chicago. We encourage you to utilize the full potential of our resources so that you can maximize your health and experience the healthy lifestyle you deserve.
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