What is an Oncology Medical Home?
A medical home is a patient-centered health care delivery approach in which one provider is responsible for coordinating all of a patient’s care. That means we will provide you with personalized, compassionate care at OHC, and we will communicate with your other health care providers to make sure all of your needs are addressed.
At OHC, we have designed our medical home concept to specifically meet the needs of cancer care patients. In fact, OHC is the only oncology group in the tri-state region designated as an oncology medical home and is leading the region by providing this total care model.
An oncology medical home care approach benefits you during all phases of your cancer care. it helps all of your health care providers stay informed about your condition and provides better coordination, communication, and collaboration among all the providers who are assisting you. In short, oncology medical home is designed to ensure you are receiving the right care at the right time and in the right place.
Why does OHC use this care delivery approach?
Cancer care is complex and requires many partners working together. Oncology specialists are your team leaders, and they work with other team members who understand every element of treatments, side effects, survivorship care, and the effects on your overall health.
We believe the medical home concept is the future of oncology care and the future of medicine int he United States.
What does it mean for you and your family?
We are your medical care team. Every member of your team plans an important role in supporting you and coordinating your care. Your OHC oncologist is your team leader and works with advanced practice providers, nurse navigators, and other experienced professionals to provide you with an exceptional patient and family care experience.
However, your OHC medical care team includes you and your family at the center. We want you to be — and you need to be — actively engaged in the decisions that are made about your care at every phase. Together, we will ensure we are doing everything we can for you and your family.
How does oncology medical home affect my care?
Our goal is to eleiminate the fragmentation of health care that has frustrated patients and families using the traditional health care systems. We do this by emphasizing coordination, communication, and collaboration among your health care providers, you, and your support team. This is the health care the way it is supposed to be — compassionate, convenient, and focused on your best interests.
During your cancer treatment and follow-up care, we will coordinate all of your needs, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, symptom management, and survivorship and supportive care. We will also coordinate and communicate with your other health cre providers to make sure they are aware o all aspects of your care. The overall goal is to make sure all of your needs are met.