What Is a Perioperative Surgical Home?

A roundtable discussion with surgical home participants

The “medical home” is just one of the healthcare reform measures proposed to provide coordinated care and reduce healthcare costs. Best described as a philosophy of primary care, the medical home should be patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety.

What happens when this primary care concept is applied to a surgical setting? Recently, Peggy L. Naas, MD, MBA, a member of the AAOS Health Care System Committee, discussed the creation of a “perioperative surgical home” with the following four individuals who are familiar with the concept:

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