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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards. In addition to these programs, CMS has other responsibilities, including the administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), quality standards in long-term care facilities through its survey and certification process, clinical laboratory quality standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and oversight of HealthCare.gov.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was important to HSSC as it provided financial incentives to healthcare providers for the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) systems during the CITIA-SC initiative. These incentives allowed the initiative helps more than 1,200 physicians implement electronic health records systems.

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