Press Release

November 4, 2022
Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Action on Innovative Health Care Model 
Total Cost of Care Model has allowed Maryland hospitals and providers to continue providing quality care while others around nation have cut back

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan urging the state to work with stakeholders to protect Maryland’s unique, innovative and effective health care model. The Members of Congress underscored that the state is at risk of failing to meet its contractual obligations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“We write to express our concern that the state is projected to fail three of the six targets of the Maryland Total Cost of Care (TCOC) Model in calendar year (CY) 2022,” the members wrote. “As you know, the model has been a crucial part of our state’s health care system, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much needed financial stability to health care providers while incentivizing addressing population health to drive better health outcomes for Marylanders. Though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not make an official determination the state has failed to meet the model requirements until summer 2023, we urge you to work closely with the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), Maryland health care stakeholders, and the federal delegation to take decisive action to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Maryland TCOC Model.”

The full text of the letter is available here.