Health Policy Commission Makes $10 Million Available for Community Hospitals
Eligible institutions from across the state can apply for the funds.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC), a newÂ independent state agency that monitors health care delivery, reforms payment systems, and develops policies to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care, hasÂ made $10 million available in funding for certain Massachusetts community hospitals. Eligible hospitals from across the state can apply for up to $500,000 from the first phase of the program, which is called Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART), and focuses on enhancing community hospitalsâ€™ delivery of efficient, effective health care.
CHART was established through the state’sÂ cost containment lawÂ in 2012, which provides phased investments to promote care coordination, integration, and delivery transformations; advance electronic health records adoption and information exchange among providers; increase alternative payment methods and accountable care organizations; and enhance patient safety, access to behavioral health services, and coordination between hospitals and community-based providers and organizations.
â€śThe HPC is providing these funds to help community hospitals restructure the care they provide so as to improve quality and lower costs,â€ť said Dr. Stuart Altman, chair of the HPC.
The CHART Investment Program will disperse $119.08 million over a four-year period. At a board meeting in October, HPC commissioners approved Phase 1 that makes $10 million immediately available. The HPC will accept Phase 1 applications until December 11, 2013 and expects to announce award recipients in early January 2014. To apply, click here.
â€śCommunity hospitals are an essential part of the equation to achieve a high value health care system,â€ť said Dr. Paul Hattis, a member of the HPC and chair of its Community Health Care Investment and Consumer Involvement Committee that developed CHART. â€śPhase 1 of CHART will set a strong and immediate foundation for our future work, and position us to bring about long-term, sustainable change at the institutions communities across our Commonwealth depend on.â€ť
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