BCBSND's MediQHome promotes quality, personal attention in health care
The MediQHome care model is kind of like the 21st century version of the care our grandparents received from their family doctor. It's highly personalized, with an emphasis on prevention and chronic disease management. A patient's primary care doctor becomes the care facilitator, who is the primary contact for health care services. He or she facilitates and integrates specialty care based on the patients' specific needs. When all caregivers work together, patients get the right care at the right time.
The 21st century house call
Of course, society has changed tremendously since our grandparents visited their local, family doctor. MediQHome provides the 21st century technology caregivers need to exchange information and collaborate on a patient's care, resulting in the personal attention and familiarity our grandparents enjoyed. MediQHome tracks chronic conditions that are prevalent in North Dakota—asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure. It also tracks preventive measures such as pediatric and adult immunizations, colon cancer screening, cervical cancer screening and breast cancer screening.
In addition, MediQHome helps the caregiver identify care opportunities, such as a recommended screening or immunization. This is important because a simple screening or immunization may prevent a hospital admission or emergency room visit later. This preventive approach helps keep health care more affordable for everyone.
The benefits of MediQHome
MediQHome helps patients by ensuring they receive appropriate preventive care. If they have a chronic condition, MediQHome helps them focus on managing their condition. Through teamwork with their doctor, they build treatment plans and schedule follow-up appointments. By keeping their treatment plan on track, patients will feel better and live healthier lives. With consistent treatment, symptoms can be better controlled, and chances of severe side effects drop dramatically. Patients will be healthier, and their health care costs will be lower.
Right now, about 700 BCBSND participating providers are involved with MediQHome, using the patient-centered approach for 64 percent of BCBSND members.
Not sure whether your doctor is participating in MediQHome? Ask him or her next time you visit, look for signs in the clinic or check the MediQHome Provider Directory.