PMH in British Columbia
In May 2018 the provincial government announced the launch of a primary health care strategy to deliver faster and improved access to health care for people living in all parts of the province. Team-based care is the overarching principle of this strategy, with Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) as the foundation and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) knitting together services and organizations to better coordinate care for patients.
Across British Columbia, Divisions of Family Practice are collaborating with partners at the local, regional, and provincial levels to develop PCNs. These networks will be the backbone of the team-based approach: allowing patients access to a full range of health care options from birth to end of life; streamlining referrals from one provider to another; and providing better support to primary health care providers. Team members within PCNs can include family physicians, other specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and other allied care providers, as well as therapists, pharmacists, and other clinical and non-clinical providers. They can be located in a family practice, or in the community and linked to the practice.
As of September 2020, British Columbia had 39 PCNs under way, and in November 2020 the provincial government reaffirmed their commitment to this new primary care model by mandating the Minister of Health to deliver more PCNs across British Columbia.
Successful examples of practices operating as a PMH in the province
1450 Waddington Road #102
Nanaimo BC V9S 4V9
204-22112 52 Avenue
Langley BC V2Y 2M6
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