How Baltimore hospitals can reduce disparities

Unrest over Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore Police Department custody highlights the role Baltimore's healthcare system can play in reducing the city's stark disparities, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Hospitals and healthcare providers often function as community anchors and have a unique opportunity to drive investment and employment in low-income communities such as Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown, writes Baltimore Health Commissioner and former Maryland Health Secretary Leana Wren, M.D. Maryland hospitals have been price-controlled for decades but last year, Maryland reformed its hospital payment system, imposing quality and efficiency standards on hospitals and providing incentives for preventive care. This makes Baltimore providers poised to help reduce inequities, Wren writes. Article