Medical Home for Autism
Medical Home for Autism at the Institute for Child Development
At Hackensack University Medical Center, the Medical Home for Autism is designed to address the high needs of the children and their families living with autism spectrum disorder. We are dedicated to delivering quality family centered care by creating a partnerships with general pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialties, and other professionals working with our families. We strive to create a positive experience for the patient and family by honoring their strengths, cultures and traditions.
What is a medical home?
A medical home is not a place or a building, rather it is an approach to providing a system of care that is continuous and comprehensive. The medical home includes partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff and families and it acts as a central source for the patient and family. The medical home offers a wide range of accessible services which are patient and family centered, coordinated, caring and culturally effective. Within the medical home model, a single point of entry for obtaining services is identified. A treatment plan is then developed and implemented in an organized way that meets the needs of the patient and family. Here at the Medical Home for Autism at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, your child will receive a state-of-the-art evaluation from one of our highly respected developmental pediatricians.
Who is part of the medical home?
The medical home requires a team of interdisciplinary professionals that are highly skilled and qualified in their area of expertise. A successful team is committed to the medical home philosophy and deals with the complexities of care and communicates with one another about their patients. In order to have optimal outcomes for our patients, a process of coordinated care is needed. Coordinated care is an integral part of the health care provision in a medical home. The process of coordinating care involves a purposeful organization of patient care activities between two or more participants who may be involved in the patient's care including the patient. Some examples of coordinated care which require interfacing among multiple systems of care include: medical, social, and behavioral health; the educational system; payers; medical equipment providers; home care agencies; advocacy groups; needed supportive therapies/services; and families.
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