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Department of Health and Human Services: Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART)

Deadline: February 16, 2021

The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model is a voluntary payment model designed to meet the unique needs of rural communities. The CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will evaluate the impact of the CHART Model on Medicare and Medicaid expenditures, access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for rural residents.

CHART aligns with CMS’s Rethinking Rural Health initiative, which aims to ensure individuals in rural America have access to high quality, affordable health care by offering new and creative payment models. The CHART Model will include two tracks: 1) the Community Transformation Track and 2) the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Transformation Track. The current Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for the Community Transformation Track. Under the Community Transformation Track, award recipients will receive cooperative agreement funding and a programmatic framework to assess the needs of their Community and implement health care delivery system redesign. Hospitals participating in the Community Transformation Track Alternative Payment Model (APM) will receive capitated payments. Capitated payments provide hospitals with a stable revenue stream and incentivize reductions in fixed costs and avoidable utilization. Operational flexibilities will be available for participating hospitals to relieve regulatory burden, emphasize high-value services, and support providers in care management for their beneficiaries.

Amount: $75,000,000 is available to make up to 15 awards that range up to $5,000,000.

Eligibility: Tribal organizations; state governments; for profit organizations; county governments; city or township governments; small businesses; special district governments; nonprofits; institutions of higher education; tribal governments (Federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; and independent school districts.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329062

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