Healthy Howard’s Advanced Primary Care Program works to improve primary care delivery for Howard County residents by helping providers work toward Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards. The principles of PCMH, which were developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association, focus on providing comprehensive, team-based, coordinated care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
The Advanced Primary Care Program is modeled after the statewide Maryland Learning Collaborative and provides assistance to medical practices in three ways:
- Gathers adult primary care providers for collaborative learning events with speakers and topics that have been identified by project consultants and participating practices
- Provides coaching with individual practices to assess PCMH-readiness and address areas where the practices would like assistance
- Works with practices to identify high-utilizer patients and make referrals to Healthy Howard’s Community Care Team for a 90-day, home-based intervention that provides assistance with appointment follow-up, medication reconciliation, connections to community health resources and chronic disease self-management education.
All primary care providers who treat adult Howard County patients are eligible to participate.
The program is currently funded through a partnership with the Howard County Health Department and the Horizon Foundation. There is no charge to participating practices.
For more information about the Advanced Primary Care Program, please contact Jeananne Sciabarra, LHIC program director, at [email protected] or 410-313-1779.