Join - Recruitment and Funding (Michigan Hospitals)

ASPIRE Recruitment and Funding

2019 Recruitment 
The 2019 ASPIRE Recruitment period has concluded.

2020 Recruitment 

If your hospital is interested in joining ASPIRE the next recruitment period will run from May – June 2019.  For recruitment dates, see Important Date Ranges below.

Recruitment Process:

  1. Hospitals must review the ASPIRE Eligibility Requirements and Site Expectations
  2. Submit an application during the recruitment period
  3. All hospitals who submit an application will participate in an intake meeting(s). The meeting(s) will be scheduled between ASPIRE and the clinical and technical  teams from the hospital.  These meetings are to determine the feasibility of MPOG implementation at the hospital.

Funding Michigan Hospitals

State of Michigan hospitals are eligible to receive funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to offset the costs of joining  MPOG.

In the first year, Michigan hospitals will receive funding from BCBSM for servers, software, cost of obtaining professional fee billing reimbursement and IT / clinical staff costs. Implementation takes a significant amount of technical resources and a hospital should plan to allocate 50% of a technical expert for six months.  In addition, hospitals will receive reimbursement for an Anesthesiology Clinical Quality Reviewer (ACQR) who will coordinate the data extraction and assist the QI Champion in leading the QI efforts.

After the first year, hospitals will continue to receive yearly funding from BCBSM for the ACQR and technical resources.  MPOG is an ongoing effort and will require continued technical support to assist with ad hoc issues, patches and software updates.

All new hospitals will officially start January 1st of the following year and should expect to receive their first payment from BCBSM in mid-January. Although the official start is in January, new sites will start preparations for implementation in September.

Year One Estimated Reimbursements

Computer Equipment and SoftwarePrimary SiteSecondary Site
SQL Server 2012 local database and virtual machine$8,000$2,000
SQL Server 2012 Site license (if no site license available through your hospital)$5,000 or $0$0
Professional fee billing company reimbursement
(funds to obtain professional fee data from billing company)
Site Hospital IT to deploy EHR interface$40,000$10,000
Total first year capital reimbursement$56,000 or $51,000$13,000

PersonnelPrimary SiteSecondary Site
ACQR Tier 1: 0.4 FTE funded at 100% $35,000 - $43,000$35,000 - $43,000
ACQR Tier 2: 0.8 FTE funded at 100%$70,000 - $86,000$70,000 - $86,000

In the first year a Michigan hospital will receive between $86,000 – $100,000 for a primary site and $48,000 – $56,000 for a secondary sites.  The distinction between a primary and secondary hospital is a hospital system that has several hospitals on the same instance of an electronic health record (EHR) system.  The technical implementation costs will not double to add more hospitals but a hospital system will incur incremental costs for each additional hospital.  All sites may be eligible to receive funding for an ACQR at all hospitals.

Estimated Ongoing Reimbursements – Year 2 and Beyond

 Primary SiteSecondary Site
Hospital IT maintenance of data interface$8,000$2,000
ACQR Tier 1: 0.4 FTE funded at 100%, based on 0 - 70,000 cases per year$35,000 - $43,000$35,000 - $43,000
ACQR Tier 2: 0.8 FTE funded at 100%, based on 70,000+ cases per year$70,000 - $86,000$70,000 - $86,000

Important Date Ranges

June - AugustASPIRE Recruitment
  • Submit application
  • Intake meeting with MPOG
September - DecemberPreparation for implementation
  • Kick off meeting with MPOG
  • Obtain servers
  • Hire Anesthesiology Clinical Quality Review (ACQR)
January - JuneCohort Start
  • Weekly technical meetings
  • Receive first BCBSM payment
  • Technical implementation of MPG and upload to MPOG Central Repository
JuneReceive second BCBSM payment
July / AugustReceive first individual monthly provider reports
SeptemberMPOG Site Visit