Medical Home: Access and Care Coordination

Also important to the concept of the medical home is children’s access to primary and preventive care, consistent care when they are sick, access to referrals when they are needed, and support to help assure that the various services they receive are coordinated.

These criteria were met for the majority of children. Overall, 91.4 percent of children were reported to have a regular source of care when they are sick, 90.3 percent were reported to have a personal doctor or nurse, and 79.2 percent had no problems obtaining referrals when needed. The criterion that was met for the lowest percentage of children was the receipt of effective care coordination services when needed, which was reported for 66.1 percent of children.