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.
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