Pilot Health Care Program Focuses On Prevention

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is expected to join a pilot program in health care delivery that emphasizes prevention and wellness.

The program includes 200 doctors and 200,000 patients, offers patient-centered medical homes. It will test whether such practices can improve primary care, particularly among the chronically ill.

Doctors who take part will develop disease management plans; closely track prescriptions and visits to specialists; offer extended hours and same-day appointments.

UniversityCare in Edmondson Village, a family practice in West Baltimore, says it was the first in Baltimore to gain recognition as a patient home from a national standards-setting organization.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will announce participating medical practices in January.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments

More From CBS Baltimore

Tune In To The Grammys On Feb 15!
Track Weather On The Go With Our App!

Listen Live