MDAFP supports and promotes Maryland family physicians in order to improve the health of patients, families, and communities in Maryland.
The Maryland Academy of Family Physicians works to:
- Set legislative priorities to shape health policy
- Collaborate with other health care thought leaders for Family Medicine
- Increase and retain Family Physician workforce in Maryland
- Demonstrate essential role of Family Medicine
- Improve access to comprehensive health care for families of Maryland
Direct Primary Care (DPC)
The direct primary care (DPC) model is an innovative framework for health care purchasing that gives family physicians and their patients a meaningful alternative to the conventional fee-for-service (FFS) payment paradigm for primary care services. The defining characteristic of a DPC practice is that it offers patients the full range of comprehensive primary care services—including acute and urgent care, regular checkups, preventive care, chronic disease management, and care coordination— in exchange for a flat, recurring membership fee that typically is billed to patients monthly.
Talking points are provided for use in engaging legislators with arguments for and against DPC. Legislators are encouraged to use this information to move their sponsored bill forward.