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BU Awarded Contract to Evaluate Community Hospital Investment Program

A team of Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers has been awarded a $1.275 million contract from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) to evaluate a community hospital initiative aimed at improving care coordination, reducing avoidable hospitalizations, and enhancing behavioral health care.

Under the two-and-a-half-year contract, the BUSPH team will evaluate the second phase of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program—which has granted approximately $60 million to 28 community hospitals for improvements in efficiency and patient care. Each of the hospitals has already begun to implement specific initiatives, and progress will be tracked through February 2018.

The HPC is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health-care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care.

Dr. Chris Louis, clinical assistant professor of health law, policy & management at BUSPH, will lead a team that includes seven researchers from the department, as well as staff, graduate students, and members of the Data Coordinating Center.

“We’re very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the Health Policy Commission,” Dr. Louis said. “This project aligns well with our focus on helping vulnerable populations and will allow us to play a role in understanding whether, and to what extent, the CHART investment program has been successful in improving our community hospitals.”

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