Massachusetts Medical Society: State Assistance

State Assistance

EHRThe Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) is the federally designated Regional Extension Center for Massachusetts. MeHI helps physicians select and implement an electronic health record system, to assist them in their efforts to qualify for the federal government's Meaningful Use incentive payments.

MeHI's primary objective is to assist priority primary care providers, who are defined as MDs, DOs, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives or dentists who practice in the following settings:

  • Primary care providers in individual and small practices (fewer than 10 providers)
  • Public and critical access hospitals
  • Federal qualified health centers, community health centers and rural health clinics
  • Other settings that serve the underserved, underinsured and medical underserved populations.

Other physicians who are not priority primary care providers may also take advantage of MeHI's services, with differing enrollment fees and service levels.

What does MeHI do?

MeHI will put physicians and practices in touch with consultants who support the implementation, integration and optimization of health IT tools. These consultants, called Implementation and Optimization Organizations (IOOs), are recommended by MeHI.

List of MeHI-recommended IOOs

What Services are Offered?

  • Individualized and on-site assistance
  • Clinical and administrative workflow analysis and redesign
  • Unbiased consultative services to help you choose the right EHR software for your needs
  • Pre negotiated discounts from preferred EHR vendors and Implementation and Optimization Organizations
  • Alignment with financial institutions offering healthcare IT financing
  • Effective oversight of your EHR implementation
  • Assistance with meeting Meaningful Use criteria for maximum federal incentive payments
  • Access to MeHI member forums, communities of practice, and webinars
  • Guidelines and best practices for Privacy and Security policies
  • Assessment of EHR interoperability for health information exchange (HIE)

Levels of Service

  • Level 1: For providers who do not have a certified EHR system already installed at the time of entering into an agreement with an IOO. Value: $4,500 of services.
  • Level 2: For providers who have an EHR, but want to transition to a certified EHR and/or transition to Meaningful Use on that system. Value: $2,500 of services.

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Primary care providers: $600 per provider for each year until Meaningful Use certification is obtained; $100 annually thereafter
  • Specialists: $800 per provider for each year until Meaningful Use certification is obtained; $100 annually thereafter

For more information and to enroll

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