Welcome to the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, & Transformation (CHART) Investment Program section of the HPC's website.


What is CHART? Established through Massachusetts’ landmark cost containment law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) developed the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) program to make phased investments in community hospitals to enhance the delivery of efficient, high-quality care.

The goals of the program were to promote care delivery transformation to enable community hospitals to succeed in accountable care organizations (ACOs); to enhance access to behavioral health services and coordination among hospitals and community-based providers and organizations; and to reduce unnecessary hospital utilization. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the CHART program invested nearly $60 million across 27 Massachusetts community hospitals to develop and deploy innovative care models.

CHART Brochure

CHART Publications

Which hospitals were CHART-Eligible? CHART eligibility was established through criteria specified in Chapter 224 and by regulation. Hospitals that received CHART funds were non-profit, non-teaching community hospitals with relatively low prices. Twenty-eight acute care hospitals received CHART Phase 1 funding. Thirty acute care hospitals, were eligible to receive funds in Phase 2 of the CHART program.

What were the goals of CHART Phase 1? The HPC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in October 2013 to solicit responses from eligible community hospitals. Appreciating the diversity of community hospitals in size, location, population need, financial health, affiliation status, and previous experience with investment programs, the HPC established a phased approach to investments that recognized varied resource needs. CHART Phase 1 provided initial support for short term, high-need expenditures. Through these projects, the HPC assessed the capability and capacity of participating institutions, building a foundation for system transformation. Projects included:

  • Implementation of pilot models to improve quality of care and/or reduce cost
  • Building capability and/or capacity to align with the goals of better health care at a lower cos
  • Planning  operational and business strategies that  drive towards system transformation

What were the goals of CHART Phase 2? The HPC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2014 to solicit responses from eligible community hospitals. CHART Phase 2 was intended to accelerate the transformation of CHART Hospitals through a focus on three outcome-oriented aims:

  • Maximize appropriate hospital use
  • Enhance behavioral health care
  • Improve hospital-wide (or system-wide) processes to reduce waste and improve quality and safety

How Much Funding was Available? The HPC made a total of $10 million available for Phase 1, and up to $60 million available for Phase 2. Awards ranged from $65,000 to $500,000 in Phase 1, and up to $6 million per hospital in Phase 2.


CHART Phase 1 Summary   

CHART Phase 1 Awardees

CHART Eligibility



CHART eligibility was established through criteria specified through regulation (958 CMR 5.00, below) and by Chapter 224. The three eligibility requirements that the HPC applied when determining which hospitals may receive funds are as follows: 

(1) those that are not a major teaching hospital;
(2) those whose relative prices are lower than the statewide median relative price; and,
(3) those that are non-profit.

Final CHART Investment Program Regulation

CHART - Phase 1 Eligibility

CHART - Phase 2 Eligibility

Contact   for CHART

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