CalHIPSO is a not-for-profit joint venture between the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). As one of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers (REC), CalHIPSO helps providers in California navigate the complicated world of electronic health record adoption. As of spring 2012, more than 7,700 providers are members of CalHIPSO and are ready to adopt EHRs and demonstrate Meaningful Use of an EHR in order to qualify for federal incentive payments under the ARRA stimulus program.
CalHIPSO is the largest REC in the country. Serving 56 of California’s 58 counties, CalHIPSO’s market stretches across the state in both urban and rural areas. Our target providers work in community clinics, rural hospitals and clinics, small and solo private practices and public hospitals. The path to Meaningful use is unique to every organization; an organized team of regional and community-based administrative and technical experts are required to meet this challenge.
CalHIPSO contracts with 10 Local Extension Centers (LECs) throughout the state to deliver regionally-based technical services. LECs include several Health Center Controlled Networks serving community health centers, California’s Quality Improvement Organization, and partnerships between local medical societies.
LECs are supported by a statewide Service Partner network of more than 100 technology firms, provider associations, and consultants. CalHIPSO employs a T.A.S.C. Force (Technical Assistance – Special Capabilities) of contracted expert service partners when additional effort or expertise is needed to bring a provider to Meaningful Use.
CalHIPSO is aligned with 24 Outreach Partners, made up of statewide medical associations and regional medical societies who help CalHIPSO educate providers on Meaningful Use.