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Person-Centered Healthcare Homes

In 2007, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, and American Osteopathic Association released the following Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home:

  • Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician
  • The personal physician leads a team of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for the ongoing care of patients
  • The personal physician is responsible for providing for all of the patient’s healthcare needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals
  • Care is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of the healthcare system
  • Quality and safety are hallmarks
  • Enhanced access to care is available
  • Payment appropriately recognizes the added value provided to patients who have a patient-centered medical home.

By bringing beahvioral health services to patients where their healthcare home is, collaboration and partnerships between the medical and healthcare providers are enhanced, improving overall client care.  This on-site service delivery model creates an additional resources for primary care physicians, who are faced with increasingly complex clients with both medical and behavioral health needs. 

BHN also has experience developing person-centered healthcare homes for individuals with high needs.  Adults with chronic mental health conditions have a life expectancy 25 years less than the general population.  Many of them have difficulty accessing traditional medical settings.  By co-locating medical services in behavioral health centers, the members of BHN have been able to improve access to and coordination with medical services for those with significant behavioral health needs.