Funding Michigan Hospitals
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and MPOG launched a collaboration in 2015 to improve anesthesiology practices, reduce anesthesiology-related complications and improve patient outcomes across the state of Michigan. This collaboration includes funding for Michigan hospitals who join our QI Initiative, the Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE).
Hospitals that use an anesthesia information management system (AIMS) and have engaged departmental, IT, and hospital leaders are eligible to receive funding.
The ASPIRE Recruitment period runs from June – August. The ASPIRE coordinating center will schedule a meeting with each hospital interested in participating to determine eligibility. New members are announced in September.
Cohort Start Date
New cohorts officially start January 1 of the following year and will receive their first payment from BCBSM in mid-January. Although the official membership date starts in January, new sites will be expected to start preparing for implementation of the data extract to MPOG prior to the official start date.
Important Date Ranges
|June - August||ASPIRE Recruitment
|September - December||Preparation for implementation
|January - June||Cohort Start
|June||Receive second BCBSM payment|
|July / August||Receive first individual monthly provider reports|
|September||MPOG Site Visit|
Year One Estimated Reimbursements
|Computer Equipment and Software||Primary Site||Secondary 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|
|Personnel||Primary Site||Secondary 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|
Estimated Ongoing Reimbursements – Year 2 and Beyond
|Primary Site||Secondary 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|