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Terminology

Acronyms

AARP
Formerly American Association for Retired Persons, now known simply as AARP

ACHE
American College of Healthcare Executives

 ACO
Accountable Care Organization  

ACS
American Cancer Society

ADPH
Alabama Department of Public Health

AHA
American Hospital Association

AIDS
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIaHA
Alabama Hospital Association

AMA
American Medical Association

APC
Ambulatory Patient Classification

APHCA
Alabama Primary Health Care Association, Inc.

AQAF
Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation

AONE
American Organization of Nurse Executives

ART
Accredited Records Technician

BBA
Balanced Budget Act

BLS
Basic Life Support

BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CEO
Chief Executive Officer

CEU
Continuing Education Unit

CHIP
Children’s Health Insurance Program

CICU
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

CMI
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

CMS
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COBRA
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

CON
Certificate of Need

COO
Chief Operating Officer

CPR
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CRNA
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

CSR
Central Supply Room

CT
Computed Tomography

DME
Durable Medical Equipment

DNR
Do Not Resuscitate

DO
Doctor of Optometry or Doctor of Osteopathy

DOA
Dead on Arrival

DRG
Diagnosis-Related Group

ED
Emergency Department

EEG
Electroencephalography

EKG or ECG
Electrocardiogram

EMS
Emergency Medical Services/System

EMT
Emergency Medical Technician

EMTALA
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

ESRD
End Stage Renal Disease

FACHE
Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives

FDA
Food and Drug Administration

FI
Fiscal Intermediary

GP
General Practitioner

HHS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIPAA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HMO
Health Maintenance Organization

ICCU
Intensive Coronary Care Unit

ICD-9-CM
International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification

ICF
Intermediate Care Facility

ICU
Intensive Care Unit

I/O
Input/Output

IOM
Institute of Medicine

IRF
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility 

IV
Intravenous

LDRP
Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Post-partum

LOS
Length of Stay

LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

LTC
Long-term Care

MASA
Medical Association of the State of Alabama

MD
Doctor of Medicine

MEl
Medicare Economic Index

MHA
Master of Health Administration or Master of Hospital Administration

Ml
Myocardial Infarction

MPA
Master of Public Administration

MPH
Master of Public Health

MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MSA
Metropolitan Statistical Area

MSN
Master of Science in Nursing

MSW
Master of Social Work

NFP
Not-for-profit

NICU
Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit

NIH
National Institutes of Health

OBRA
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

OD
Doctor of Optometry

OIG
Office of Inspector General

OP
Outpatient

OR
Operating Room

OT
Occupational Therapist/Therapy

PA
Physician Assistant or Professional Association

PMD
Preferred Medical Doctor

PPO
Preferred Provider Organization

PPS
Prospective Payment System

PRO
Professional Review Organization

PT
Physical Therapist/Therapy

QA
Quality Assurance

R&E
Research and Education

RN
Registered Nurse

RPh
Registered Pharmacist

RPN
Registered Practical Nurse

RPT
Registered Physical Therapist

RT
Registered Technician or Respiratory Therapist/Therapy

SHCC
Statewide Health Coordinating Council

SHPDA
State Health Planning and Development Agency

SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SOBRA
Sixth Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

SSA
Social Security Administration

SNF
Skilled Nursing Facility

TANF
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

TJC
The Joint Commission

TPA
Third Party Administrator

UB-92
Uniform Billing-Form 92

UD
Unit Dose

UR
Utilization Review

VA
Veterans Administration

VHA
Voluntary Hospitals of America

WIC
Women, Infants and Children Program