Establishing a Primary Care Provider
A primary care provider, more commonly known as a PCP or family doctor, is a healthcare provider who is specifically trained in treating the entire person, physicially, mentally and emotionally. Primary care providers not only diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, like the flu and high blood pressure, but they also provide routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent diseases from developing in the first place.
Establishing a primary care provider provides you the opportunity to partner and collaborate with your provider over your health, places you on the frontlines of preventing and diagnosing diseases, and allows you access to the complete picture of your overall health. One of the greatest advantages of having a primary care provider is the bond you’ll create over time. Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates and lower total costs of health care.
Patient Centered Medical Home Certification
As part of the Harbin Clinic network, your primary care provider has been recoginzed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home, or as referred to here, the Harbin Medical Home.
Within the Harbin Medical Home, your primary care provider collaborates with Harbin Clinic specialists you visit to properly manage your health from diagnosis to treatment. Our electronic health system (EHR), allows Harbin Clinic physicians to share your medical history, test results and medication history, which allows your healthcare team to see the whole picture for better care.