Clinical Guidelines 2018-09-28T22:55:49+00:00

MHQP Guidelines Ensure High Standards of Quality for Massachusetts Patients​

Ensuring that every patient receives the same high standard of care is an important indicator of healthcare quality. MHQP promotes healthcare quality across Massachusetts through ongoing development of consistent, evidence-based, best practices guidelines that are used and supported by the broad range of Massachusetts healthcare providers and other stakeholders.

Our Adult Preventive Care Guidelines and Pediatric Preventive Care Guidelines recommend best practices in adult and child well visits and annual check-ups. Additionally, our Perinatal Care Guidelines outline best practices for routine care for pregnant women. All of these guidelines outline what patients and doctors can talk about during routine visits as well as what screening tests are recommended, depending on the patient’s age and gender.

MHQP also collaborated with healthcare stakeholders to develop and disseminate asthma action plans for adults and children. These plans are shared between physicians, parents, employers, and schools to help patients manage their asthma at work, school, and play, and when visiting the doctor for check-ups or urgent care needs.

MHQP works with a collaborative group of healthcare organizations across the state–including the MA Department of Public Health, MA Medical Society, physician specialty societies, and several major health plans – to review, update, and disseminate guidelines and quality improvement tools. The guidelines are updated annually, based on recommendations from national recognized evidence-based resources. If your organization is interested in participating in this effort, or licensing MHQP’s guidelines for official use, please contact Natalya Martins, MHQP’s Clinical Guidelines Coordinator, at nmartins@mhqp.org.

Supporting Organizations


MHQP works with a collaborative group of healthcare organizations across the state to review, update, and disseminate guidelines and quality improvement tools.

Other organizations also value the work that MHQP and guidelines supporting organizations have done to create comprenshive guidelines for adult, children, and pregnant women. The organizations below have licensed MHQP’s guidelines for their own use.

Fees and Benefits​


For more information about using and/or licensing MHQP’s guidelines, please contact Natalya Martins, MHQP’s Clinical Guidelines Coordinator, at nmartins@mhqp.org.

  • The license will be valid for one calendar year from date of licensing agreement.
  • Upon paying the fee, the organization will be listed as a supporting organization on MHQP’s guideline website. MHQP can also provide a link on our website (MHQP.org) to the supporting organizations website.
  • Please contact MHQP for more detail on licensing fees.

NOTE: Organizations that use the guidelines in ways that do not meet the criteria for requiring a license, such as a source or reference material (e.g. link to MHQP’s website in an appendix of additional materials), must notify MHQP and properly cite MHQP as the source.

Terms of Use

One of MHQP’s goals is to drive measurable improvements in health care quality. While we encourage all stakeholders to use MHQP’s products to drive quality improvement in their organizations, MHQP requires that a formal license be obtained by any organization that wishes to use the guidelines to meet any commercial, educational, regulatory, and/or other business purposes.

Examples of uses that require licensing the guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • Using MHQP’s guidelines as the official perinatal and/or preventive care guidelines of your organization. This includes reproducing, copying or publishing MHQP’s guidelines under your organization’s name for distribution to your personnel, provider network, members, and or patients.
  • Using MHQP’s guidelines as part of requirements for a certifying or accrediting organization, for example , National Committee for Quality Assurance or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.