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CITIA-SC: A National Leader in Connecting South Carolina Physicians with Electronic Health Records

September 19, 2013

In 2009, HSSC received a $5.6 million grant to help primary care physicians in South Carolina implement electronic health records (EHR) systems and qualify for financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Regional Extension Center that HSSC founded, known as the Center for IT Implementation Assistance (CITIA-SC), proved highly successful at helping physicians adopt EHR systems and earn much needed financial incentives.

CITIA-SC was the second Regional Extension Center in the nation to achieve its goal of signing up 1,000 physicians to implement certified EHR systems; more than 1,200 physicians were enrolled. Also impressive, more than 800 physicians achieved Meaningful Use standards, qualifying for CMS financial incentives. CITIA-SC consultants helped participating physicians receive more than $15 million in Medicaid EHR adoption. Additionally, 72 percent of South Carolina’s Medicaid providers who received Meaningful use incentives were CITIA-SC customers.