Maryland Primary Care Program

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Overview
The State of Maryland has entered into a Total Cost of Care All-Payer Model contract with the Federal Government that is designed to coordinate care for patients across both hospital and non-hospital settings, improve health outcomes, and constrain the growth of health care costs in Maryland. A key element of the model is the development of the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP).  MDPCP is a voluntary program open to all qualifying Maryland primary care providers that provides funding and support for the delivery of advanced primary care throughout the state. The MDPCP supports the overall health care transformation process and allows primary care providers to play an increased role in prevention, management of chronic disease, and preventing unnecessary hospital utilization.   

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish the MDPCP. The Program Management Office (PMO) within MDH’s Public Health Services is responsible for implementing this innovative health care transformation program in conjunction with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The material presented herein provides additional descriptions and resources regarding the MDPCP.

As of January 2020, CareFirst has joined the program as an aligned payer. The following Comparison Table​ provides a summary of the key differences between Medicare MDPCP and CareFirst's aligned Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program. Please see our MDPCP-CareFirst Alignment FAQs​ for additional information. 

The application period for both practices and CTOs to apply to participate in the MDPCP for the 2021 Performance Year is now closed. Applicants that submitted applications in Summer 2020 will be notified of CMS' decision in Fall 2020. Interested applicants who wish to apply to participate in the 2022 performance year may do so during the open application period in Spring/Summer 2021. Please visit our Application Page for more details. 


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Contact Us

For questions or comments about the MDPCP program, please contact the MDPCP team: 

For specific questions related to the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), please contact:

Messages are monitored by experts in these programs who are responsible for ensuring that questions are answered and comments are considered throughout program implementation.​ ​

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Last updated: 2020 October
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