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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.)

  1. Bmore Matt says:

    Lets do the math that is 10,000 patients per doctor. If every doctor works 8 hours a day, 365 days a year they would have to see 3.4 patients an hour or less then 20 minutes per patient. I can see how it is cheaper, how is this better? I would like to see the doctor, I have a cold. The doctor will see you in 28 days isn’t that how the commercial goes?

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