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Healthcare Acronyms

If you ever can’t remember what an acronym stands for or what the proper acronym for a term is, please consult this page to help you figure it out.

Healthcare Acronyms PDF

A/I/U

Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade

ACA

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

ACO

Accountable Care Organization

AFH

Alliance for Health

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

CAH

Critical Access Hospitals

CCN

CMS Certification Number

CHAMPS

Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System

CHIPRA

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

CPOE

Computerized Physician Order Entry

CQM

Clinical Quality Measures

CY

Calendar Year

EHR

Electronic Health Record

EMR

Electronic Medical Record

EP

Eligible Professional

eRX

Electronic Prescribing

FFS

Fee for Service

FFY

Federal Fiscal Year

FQHC

Federally Qualified Health Center

HEDIS

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set

HHS

Health and Human Services

HIPAA

Health Information Portability & Accountability Act of 1996

HIT

Health Information Technology

HITECH Act

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act

HITPC

Health Information Technology Policy Committee

HPSA

Health Professional Shortage Area

ICIC

Improving Chronic Illness Care

IPIP

Improving Performance in Practice

JCAHO (now TJC)

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

MA

Medicare Advantage

MCEITA

Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption

MCIR

Michigan Care Improvement Registry

MCMP

Medicare Care Management Performance Demonstration

MGMA

Medical Group Management Association

MMGMA

Michigan Medical Group Management Association

MHC

Michigan Health Connect

MI-CCSI

Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement

Mi-OSHA

Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration

MI-STAAR

Michigan State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations

MPCC

Michigan Primary Care Consortium

MSMS

Michigan State Medical Society

MT-C2

Michigan Transitions of Care Collaborative

MU

Meaningful Use

NCQA

National Committee on Quality Assurance

NCVHS

National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NP

Nurse Practitioner

NPI

National Provider Identifier

NPPES

National Plan and Provider Enumeration System

NPRM

Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking

NQF

National Quality Forum

OIG

Office of the Inspector General

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

ONC

Office of National Coordinator of Health Information Technology

OSC

Organized System of Care

OSHA

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

PA

Physician Assistant

PCMH

Patient Centered Medical Home

PECOS

Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System

PGIP

Physician Group Incentive Program

PHO

Physician Hospital Organization

PO

Physician Organization

PPACA

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

PPS

Prospective Payment System (Part A)

PQRI (now PQRS)

Physician Quality Reporting Incentives

PQRS

Physician Quality Reporting System

RAC

Recovery Audit Contractor

REC

Regional Extension Centers

RHC

Rural Health Center

RHQDAPU

Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update

RWJF

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TIN

Tax Identification Number

TJC

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO)

URAC

Utilization Review Accreditation Commission

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