A medical home is not a building or a place. A medical home is:
- A philosophy of quality health care that is patient - and family-centered, facilitates communication & coordination between families, patients, physicians, health teams, and healthy neighborhoods.
- Health teams and health neighborhoods include medical, mental, and oral health care, specialty care, educational services, family supports, community-based services, and more.
- A strategy to support better care leading to better health, while containing cost: care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a patient's needs.