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Medical Homes and Young Children: State Policy Opportunities to Improve Children's Healthy Development as Part of Early-Childhood Systems Building

Charles Bruner
May 2012

A fruitful discussion of medical homes must start with a common definition—one that draws on the significant work of the health community in defining the concept. In addition to use among health practitioners, the term “medical home” (sometimes also referred to as a “patient-centered medical home” or, in an even broader context, as a “community-centered health home")  is increasingly used in the policy world as a reform goal—a vehicle to improve health-care quality and health outcomes and/or to control costs. There is growing evidence that medical homes adhering to the seven core features can help achieve all these results.

The purpose of this paper is to describe how the experiences in developing medical homes that adhere to the core features can inform how the policy world defines and supports the further development of medical homes – as they apply specifically to very young children and their families.