Home Sweet Medical Home

… from the Detroit Free Press

What do you do if your baby breaks out in hives after your pediatrician’s office closes? Or you want to know if the knee replacement your specialist recommends for your mother is really the best treatment for her?

Consider the patient-centered medical home.

No, a medical home doesn’t mean you get a flat-screen TV and a comfy recliner — or even up-to-date magazines — at your doctor’s office.

It means, in the current medical buzz, that you have a relationship with a doctor or clinic that can obtain all of your medical records, advise you after hours when your baby is sick or help you weigh the pros and cons of treatments like new knees.

The “medical home” is coming to a doctor’s office near you. The trend is nationwide. Some states are just getting started, but many providers already have put some elements of medical homes in place.

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