MHQP Guidelines Ensure High Standards of Care for Massachusetts Patients​

Since 2001, MHQP has been helping to ensure all patients receive the same high standard of care through the annual publication of consistent, evidence-based, best practices guidelines which are used and supported by a broad range of Massachusetts healthcare providers and other stakeholders.

We began this work at a time when providers received a different set of clinical guidelines from each of the health plans they worked with. Recognizing this situation as both confusing and wasteful, the health plans asked MHQP to step in as a neutral party to help create a collaborative set of guidelines that all plans could support. We’ve continued to play this collaborative role ever since.

Our Adult Preventive Care Guidelines and Pediatric Preventive Care Guidelines recommend best practices for adult and child well visits and annual check-ups, while the Perinatal Care Guidelines detail best practices for routine care for pregnant persons. These guidelines outline what patients and doctors should talk about during routine visits and recommend screening tests depending on the patient’s age, race, ethnicity, sex, and gender/gender identity.

MHQP has 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 to review, update, and disseminate these guidelines each year 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

Please click on the links below to go to the specific guideline of your choice:

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 such as National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).