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"Medical Home"

Published May 19, 2008 4:09 PM by Jennifer Ford

A hot topic in health care recently is the concept of a "medical home." The medical home should, according to those who advocate it, provide all primary health care services for a patient as well as any additional new tools that could help him or her, such as emails in response to questions, or reminders about critical tests.

An article published in the Boston Globe describes a new medical home clinic, and notes that they could be  nurse-practitioner-led clinics:

The "medical home" being created at Union Square Family Health and at many doctors' offices across the nation is an attempt to provide an alternative. Such a doctor or nurse-practitioner-led team practice is designed to offer patients care when and where they want it and to give the team the money, the tools, and the time to do more than triage.

NPs involved in these types of comprehensive clinics should not only improve patient care and access to care but also bolster the public's confidence in what an NP can do.

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