Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) Updates




Instituting comprehensive primary care across Maryland.

Volume One, Issue Nine                                                                                      Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Director's Message: Next Steps for the Maryland Primary Care Program


And now it begins…   By the time you are reading this newsletter, much has already been done in the run up to the start of the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.  The Care Transformation Organizations (CTOs) and practices have been notified of their provisional acceptance into the program.  For practices that have decided to work with CTOs, those pairings have begun.  Over the ensuing three months, there will be additional documents headed your way for review and execution.  Important to note, these are all time-sensitive documents with fairly short turnaround times.  Please make every effort to review and execute the documents in the prescribed time frame.  We do not want a missed deadline to cause anyone to be eliminated from the inaugural year of the MDPCP. 

This is also a time to think carefully about your interest in participating in MDPCP.  There are great rewards for providers and patients alike in the program, but with the rewards come great responsibilities.  Together, we are taking bold steps to change the way we deliver health care in Maryland and the eyes of the nation are on us.  It will take a significant effort to achieve the goals of Advanced Primary Care and make significant gains in quality, while reducing the overall total cost of care.   Our Maryland primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and teams are well positioned to lead the nation in these important initiatives, but not without a strong commitment to doing so.

The MDPCP Program Management Office (PMO), together with our partners at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), will continue to provide you with technical assistance on completion of documents and be available to answer all of your questions.  We sincerely look forward to working with you now and throughout the program.

Howard Haft, MD, MMM, FACPE

Executive Director, Program Management Office

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Upcoming Onboarding Materials

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced preliminary practice selections. Practices should check their inbox for an email from indicating their acceptance into the program, track assignment, and CTO partner, if applicable. These letters also detail next steps that preliminarily accepted practices should complete, including:  

For more information, please see the new Resources for Preliminarily Approved Practices section on our website. 


      MDPCP Education

      The PMO hosts many events to educate stakeholders about the upcoming MDPCP. Events include in-person meetings and online presentations.

      Upcoming Events

      Educational events being held in the upcoming weeks include:


          Full Calendar

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          Patient Family Advisory Council Guidance Document

          One of the comprehensive primary care functions of advance primary care is the requirement to convene a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).  Our partner, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), is working with the Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care to develop a Maryland PFAC Guidance Document (guide) that can be used by practices.  The guide will detail how patients and families’ points of view, perspectives, and experiences can be integrated into care delivery.  It will describe specific practice strategies that effectively engage patients and caregivers to guide improvement in the care system.

          Consider field testing the PFAC Guide

          The MHCC seeks feedback from practices to inform development of the guide.  Practices are not required to have a PFAC to participate in field testing.  Practices will receive an honorarium for their participation.  If you are willing to field test the guide, please sign up by Monday, Oct. 22, at:  For additional information, email Mary Minniti at:  Thank you in advance for your help!


          Program Timeline

          For a detailed overview of upcoming program milestones, please see our updated timeline.   


            For more information about the MDPCP, educational resources, and a calendar of upcoming events,  visit our website. 

            For questions, please reach out to or call 844-711-CMMI, and press Option 7 for MDPCP.