Six years ago, we opened our doors in a bold non-profit initiative to create a new model of primary care that was holistic, collaborative, and accessible to a wide range of income levels. We prioritized taking commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and using a sliding fee scale. A key part of our business plan relied on insurance payment reforms known now as “value based care.” Healthcare has traditionally used a “fee for service” payment structure that pays for treatment only after you get sick. Value based payments compensate providers to get people healthy and keep them healthy. And this is what CHI became successful at, fostering health. We knew we were doing something right as over the years we heard, time and again, from our patients, “This is how health care is meant to be.”

Unfortunately, the payment reform movement has hit many obstacles along the way and value based programs have not taken hold fast enough to sustain CHI’s financial survival. Despite making drastic changes and exploring many partnerships, it is with great sadness that our Board of Directors has decided to close the clinical practice as of July 23. Although not in clinical practice, CHI will endeavor to move health care toward its vision.

For our patients:

Below is a list of potential primary care providers in the vicinity. Please be aware that as far as we know, there are no other practices in the area that accept insurance AND offer the full scope of integrated primary care you have become accustomed to at CHI.  As of early May, these practices all indicated they were accepting new patients, but be aware they may not accept pediatric patients (kids!). Be sure to ask when you call. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of the practice or a guarantee that they accept your insurance. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to verify insurance coverage, both with the new provider and your insurance company, and to notify your insurance company of your new primary care provider if needed.

Doctor’s First offices in Gaithersburg and Germantown. Urgent and primary care under one roof. Accepting most major insurances including a few Medicaid products. (301) 265-5674 (Gaithersburg location) https://www.drsfirst.com/

John’s Hopkins Community Physicians – multiple locations, accepting most insurances. Specific providers are:

  • Jenel Wyatt, MD (Germantown location)
  • LaToya Edwards, MD (North Bethesda location)
  • Fernanda Porto-Carreiro, MD (Rockville/Montgomery Grove location)

Montgomery Grove location: (301) 990-3190 https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/community_physicians/locations/montgomery_county/montgomery.html

Comprehensive Primary Care – multiple locations in MD, DC, VA. Appear more “whole person” oriented than most, employ some osteopaths, pulmonology, nephrology, and dietitians. Accepting new patients and most insurances including Medicaid and UHC. (301) 869-9776 http://comprehensiveprimarycare.com/

Family Health Care – Locations in Germantown, Rockville, and Olney. Evening and weekend hours. Accepting new patients and most larger insurances. (301) 972-0400 (Rockville) http://www.familyhealthcaremd.com/index.html

Rockville Internal Medicine – In Rockville only. Multiple PCPs and specialists under one roof. Accepting new patients and most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. (301) 762-5020  http://www.rimgmd.com/

Congressional Medical Group – (Dr. Jessie Sadikman’s practice) – membership based, not accepting any insurances or Medicare. Accepting “a few” new patients. (301) 545-1000  https://www.congressionalmedicalgroup.com/

MedStar Urgent Care – Medstar has locations all over MD, DC, VA. Prompt Care office in Gaithersburg has primary and urgent care. Evening and weekend hours. Accepting most insurances including UHC-Community Plan.  (301) 926-3020 https://www.medstarhealth.org/urgent-care-gaithersburg/

CCI Health and Wellness Services – Gaithersburg. Federally Qualified Health Center, accepting Medicare and Medicaid products. (866) 877-7258 https://cciweb.org

Advanced Primary & Geriatric Care (APG Care) – Shady Grove Road, Rockville. Accepting new patients, ages 12 and over only. Accepting most insurances including UCH-CP. Open Saturday mornings. (301) 527-1650 www.apgcare.com

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