eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP)-Behavioral Health

The eQIP program is designed to support eligible Behavioral Health (BH) organizations in the adoption and implementation of interoperable EHRs.  The program provides incentive funds and guidance to assist providers through an eHealth maturity model.  By participating in this program, BH organizations can advance their use of Health IT and connect to the statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), the Mass HIway. This will position and prepare eQIP participants for inclusion in larger state-wide eHealth community efforts.

Incentive Payments

MeHI will award up to four incentive payments over a two-year period upon achievement of successive milestones. Payments will be tiered by the size of each awarded provider organization.  The milestones are aligned with the HIMSS Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model (A-EMRAM) model.   This model was chosen as it was specifically designed to assist ambulatory care providers in the adoption and effective use of interoperable EHR systems, including the electronic exchange of health information.

With more than 27,000 participating practices in the United States, the A-EMRAM model is the industry standard framework for measuring progress in EMR adoption. Software and healthcare provider reviewed the A-EMRAM during its development, providing valuable feedback to HIMSS Analytics, the creator of the EMRAM model used by nearly every hospital in the U.S. This guidance helped establish realistic and achievable metrics for each stage. MeHI is proud to partner with HIMSS to leverage this nationally recognized model to support Behavioral Health providers in Massachusetts as they adopt electronic health records. 

Solicitations

Eligibility criteria and solicitation requirements are different in each round. We encourage you to determine your eligibility and interest for each specific funding opportunity by reviewing the corresponding solicitation document. 

The Behavioral Health Round I Solicitation was issued in late 2014 and MeHI awarded 18 non-profit across the Commonwealth, which will total nearly $1 million if the awardees reach each of the program milestones. 

The Behavioral Health Round II Solicitation was issued in April 2015 and MeHI awarded 7 additional providers, which will total $363,000 if the awardees reach each of the program milestones. 

The Behavioral Health grantees, selected in two funding rounds, manage a total of 179 facilities in 64 cities and towns across Massachusetts. 

 

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