On Wednesday in Baltimore County, MHA joined with many of Maryland’s hospital and health care officials, state and federal legislators, and community leaders for a far-reaching conversation on how our nation’s and state’s health care system is evolving.
The forum, spearheaded by the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, covered legislative and political developments around the Affordable Care Act, prescription drug prices, Maryland’s opioid crisis, the state’s unique hospital payment model, and more.
For the dozens who attended, the forum offered a peek into the complex world of health care during a volatile time, when policymakers are racing to keep pace with changing political winds and public expectations. Forums like these are valuable opportunities for hospital leaders to engage with residents, to let them know about the critical role hospitals play – both in keeping people healthy and supporting the economic vitality of their communities.
As we look forward to the next phase of the All-Payer Model, public forums like these will take on even greater importance, because under the new iteration of the model hospitals will rely even more on patients to act as equal partners in their health care. And the more your communities are engaged and empowered, the more successful you will be in supporting their health care goals.