Toolkit for Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs - General Tools and Tips
Identify your PCP: Who is your child’s doctor?
Does your baby have a doctor after you leave the hospital? – Sometimes this is called a "Medical Home." A “Medical home” is a relationship between you and the health care providers who take care of your child. We call this a “family-professional partnership.” In this joint venture, all the health care professionals respect the parent’s understanding of their child’s needs and the priorities the family has for meeting those needs.
Your Role as Parents - Questions to Ask Yourselves
• Do you have a primary care physician already? If not, has your family chosen a doctor for check ups, etc., for after you leave the hospital?
• Does your family have the name and contact numbers (phone, fax and mailing address) for your PCP (your doctor) before you leave the birth hospital?
• Does your family’s PCP know the results all screenings done at the hospital when your baby was born?
• Make sure you get a copy of any screening results from the hospital in writing and that you understand the results. If you don’t know what terms like ‘refer’ ‘did not pass’ and/or ‘failed’ mean, ask someone!
• Take a copy of your screening and/or diagnostic results with you to your primary care physician on your next visit
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