CHART Grant

02/18/14

Winchester Hospital Receives Funds to Promote Efficient and Effective Health Care

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) recently awarded approximately $10 million to 28 community hospitals to enhance the delivery of efficient and effective health care across Massachusetts. The funds come from Phase 1 of the HPC’s Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program.

CHART was established by the state’s landmark health care cost containment law – Chapter 224. The goal of Chapter 224 is to lower health care costs across the state.

“I have long admired Winchester Hospital’s commitment to ensuring the best health care possible for the communities it serves,” said State Representative Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “This grant will support continued improvement efforts and better care for patients.”

“Health care costs continue to rise,” said State Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville). “I’m thrilled to see such a concerted effort between the Commonwealth and health care providers to reversing this trend.”

Winchester Hospital will receive up to $286,500 in funding, which will be used to focus on reducing readmissions through managing the care of high risk patients, improving communication between the hospital and skilled nursing facilities and by reducing readmissions of patients who could be safely treated in the Emergency Room and discharged home.

“We are grateful for this grant award and the opportunity to improve the care we provide to our patients,” said Kathy Schuler, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of Winchester Hospital. “We know that discharged patients are at high risk for readmission to the hospital and we want to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

CHART, a four-year program funded by an industry assessment of select providers and insurers, makes 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.

“Community hospitals are an essential part of our health care delivery system and commissioners voted to support critical investments that will strengthen CHART hospitals’ foundation and enable them to promote transformation,” said Dr. Wendy Everett, HPC Vice-Chair and President of New England Health Policy Institute. “These awards are an important step toward achieving high-value, better outcomes, and more affordable health care in Massachusetts.”

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The HPC is an independent state agency that monitors health care delivery and payment systems reforms and develops policies to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care. To learn more, please visit www.mass.gov/hpc or follow us on Twitter @Mass_HPC.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.