What Baltimore hospitals can do to reduce disparities

In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, public health experts from Baltimore's health department and Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health explain what public health improvements could do to decrease disparities in the Baltimore.

Recent unrest over Freddie Gray's death highlights the role Baltimore's healthcare system can play in reducing the city's stark disparities, according to the article.  Hospitals, doctors and nurses often have a unique position to improve the condition, economic and otherwise, in low-income communities in Baltimore.  According to authors Wren and Sharfstein, recent hospital payment reform with quality and efficiency standards increases incentives for preventive care and makes Baltimore doctors and hospitals in a prime position to reduce inequities.

The Journal of the American Medical Association