Funds from Health Policy Commission will promote health care affordability, quality, and efficiency in 28 communities across Massachusetts

Holyoke – January 13, 2014 – State Representative Aaron Vega today announced that the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) has awarded Holyoke Medical Center a total of $500,000 to enhance the delivery of efficient, effective health care in the city.

The HPC, an independent state agency created through the Legislature’s landmark health care cost containment law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, is making approximately $10 million available to 28 community hospitals across the Commonwealth through Phase 1 of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program.

“This Health Care Containment Law is critical to hospitals like the Holyoke Medical Center that often serve an impoverished or challenged community,” said Rep. Vega. “These funds go along way in leveling the financial playing field between private and state insurance plans.”

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.

On January 8, 2014, the HPC approved the following award for Holyoke: Holyoke Medical Center

This investment will support implementation of an electronic health record system in the emergency department.

$500,000

“Today’s awards show that the HPC is committed to partnering with Representative Vega and the Pioneer Valley’s community hospitals to achieve the Commonwealth’s cost containment and quality improvement goals,” said David Seltz, Executive Director of the HPC. “We look forward to continuing this work until we build a more coordinated and affordable health care system in all corners of Massachusetts.”