The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is building on its Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model by awarding up to $20 million to organizations in four states to expand the use of telehealth in their communities and introduce other improvements that enhance access to care in rural areas.

Organizations in Alabama, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington state will receive $2 million for planning and up to $3 million each for achieving specific objectives.

The CHART model seeks to use telehealth and other means, reimbursed through an accountable care organization model, to address health disparities and reduce hospital admissions and readmissions among residents of rural areas who have limited access to health care services.

Learn more about this latest CMS initiative in the Fierce Healthcare article “4 states get CMS funding to expand telehealth and other services in rural areas.”