Patient-centered Medical Care
For many people, visits to a physician’s office are somewhat rare occurrences, with annual trips for physical exams and checkups and the occasional illness.
Many others, however, find trips to the physician’s office to be much more frequent, often due to living with chronic conditions that can be challenging to control, such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
To enhance the level of care available to these patients and make a positive impact in their quality of life, Tanner Medical Group is proud to serve as their medical home. To identify Tanner Medical Group's medical home practices, click View a List of Practices and look for the blue home symbol shown here.
A Better Way to Provide Better Care
The medical home model in place at a Tanner Medical Group practice means that the patient care team has been organized around you, with resources designed to facilitate an approach to care that will allow the practice to provide a far more consistent and comprehensive level of service.
The patient care team here is organized around you, with your physician serving as the leader in a team-based approach to helping maintain and even improve your health.
The focus of this team will be on helping you live a longer, more active life by providing the resources that will enable you to better control your health. Your team here will be available to answer your questions and, when necessary, help you navigate and understand the complex healthcare delivery system you need, with referrals to specialists and staff to help you understand your diagnoses and treatment regimens.
That means that, when you’re ill, in pain or otherwise need to see a healthcare professional, you can be sure that the patient care team at this practice will be fast to respond and ensure you have access to the care you need.
Your Care Coordinator
Perhaps the most noticeable change you’ll observe from traditional medical practices is the implementation of a patient care coordinator. This patient care coordinator is a healthcare professional, often a nurse, who will play an active role in learning about you and your health, and who will become your personal advocate to help you feel better, longer.
Not only will your patient care coordinator be available to help answer any questions you may have about your health, but he or she will also take an active role in contacting you to find out how you’re doing and provide guidance on changes you might make that can keep you well.
The focus of the patient care coordinator will be on prevention and wellness. That is, rather than simply helping you make appointments, he or she will work to provide you with the tools you need to avoid frequent trips to the doctor and focus more on life.
Coming Into a Medical Home
The medical home model is not meant for everyone. People who infrequently visit the doctor or who have chronic diseases that are well controlled most likely would not benefit substantially from having a medical home.
But for those who find controlling a chronic illness to be challenging or who frequently need access to treatment, having a medical home is an excellent way to be sure you’re receiving the level of care you need.
With your medical home, you’ll find that the care you receive is more effective, more efficient and more personal, with treatments and preventive care at the heart of how your patient care team will be working for you.
To learn more about the medical home model of care and how it might apply to you, speak with your physician. He or she will be able to provide more information about how you could benefit from this new, patient-focused approach to care.