Home Clinic Overview
A Home Clinic is a patient-centred primary care clinic that serves as a patient’s home base within the health-care system.
Home Clinics are primary care clinics that provide patients with timely access to care, coordinate their health care within the health-care system, and manage their health-care records. Having a home base helps support comprehensive and continuous care throughout a patients’ life.
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living recognizes that primary care is a foundational piece of the health-care system and that supporting primary care providers to deliver comprehensive primary care will strengthen the system and lead to better patient outcomes. While many clinics in Manitoba already provide these services, becoming a Home Clinic will provide the necessary framework for primary care providers to receive additional supports.
Benefits of becoming a Home Clinic
Becoming a Home Clinic will give primary health-care providers access to resources and information to coordinate patient care more efficiently and effectively while recognizing the added responsibility as a patient’s home base within the health-care system. Benefits include:
- Access to valuable reports that will provide insight into your enrolled patient population, completeness of patient demographic and clinical data, as well as comparative data to show how your clinic is performing in relation to other Home Clinics
- Fee-for-service family physicians associated with a Home Clinic will be eligible to claim the Comprehensive Care Management tariffs for their qualifying, enrolled patients as of April 1, 2017
- In the future, Home Clinics using an EMR certified by Manitoba against information sharing specifications will be able to share essential clinical information about their enrolled patients with episodic care providers. In return, Home Clinics will receive information regarding episodic care provided to enrolled patients. This continuity of information will be valuable to care providers and valued by enrolled patients.
The heart of primary care is the long term and trusted relationship that primary health-care providers have with their patients. Primary-care providers agree to act as a patient’s most responsible provider and:
- provide a high standard of patient-centred care, focused on the patient’s needs
- provide continuous, comprehensive care thereby ensuring the best possible health outcomes
- advocate for and coordinate care to meet patient’s needs, beyond that available within the Home Clinic
- enable sharing of important health information with other care providers the patient sees