The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a five-year agreement with Maryland to expand the state’s all-payer model from focusing on hospitals to also incentivizing other providers to address the total cost of care beginning in 2019. “Over the past five years, Maryland’s hospitals have laid the foundation for linking quality health care with cost containment,” said Maryland Hospital Association President and CEO Bob Atlas. “During this time, the model has saved Medicare and patients hundreds of millions of dollars and has enabled hospitals to invest in innovative, proactive initiatives. Now, Maryland’s hospitals stand ready and committed to continue our work with the state by engaging our care partners to meet the health care needs of every Marylander – allowing them to live healthier, more fruitful lives.”