Common Acronyms in Healthcare

Acronym of WHO - World Health Organization


According to Wikipedia, an acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word.

Most of us are familiar with common acronyms like WHO for World Health Organization, FAQ for Frequently Asked Questions and www for world wide web.

Below are some healthcare acronyms that may not be so familiar to you but are, none the less, important to know.

ABN – Advance Beneficiary Notice

ACA – Affordable Care Act (2010)

ACO – Accountable Care Organizations

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADL – Activities of Daily Living

ADT – Admission, Discharge & Transfer

AICD – Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

ALOS – Average Length of Stay

ALS – Advanced Life Support

AMA – Against Medical Advice

ARRA – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (2009)

CE – Covered Entity

C. diff – Clostridium difficile (bacterium)

CABG – Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

CAD – Coronary Artery Disease

CAH – Critical Access Hospital

CMIO – Cheif Medical Informatics Officer

CAT / CT – Computerized Axial Tomography / Computerized Tomography

CC – Complications & Comorbidities

CCI – Correct Coding Initiative

CCU – Coronary (Cardiac) Care Unit

CDC – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

CDM – Charge Description Master

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

CHAMPUS – Cvilian Health & Medical Program of the Uniform Services

CHF – Congestive Heart Failure

CMI – Case Mix Index

COB – Coordination of Benefits

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COP – Conditions of Participation

CPOE – Computerized Provider Order Entry

CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

CVA – Cerebral Vascular Accident

DME – Durable Medical Equipment

DNR – Do Not Resuscitate

DNFB – Discharged, Not Final Billed

DRGs – Diagnosis Related Groups

DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis

E&M – Evaluation & Management

EBM – Evidence Based Medicine

EDC – Electronic Data Capture

EHR – Electronic Health Record

FDA – Food & Drug Administration

FACA – Federal Advisory Committee Act

FY – Fiscal Year

HAC – Healthcare Acquired Condition

HAI – Healthcare Acquired Infection

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (1996)

HIS – Hospital Information System

HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health Act (2009)

HIX – Health Information Exchange

HL7 – Health Level Seven

ICU – Intensive Care Unit

IG – Information Governance

LIS – Laboratory Information System

LOS – Length of Stay

mHealth – Mobile Health – The practice of healthcare using mobile devices, e.g. mobile phones

MRSA – Methicillan Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (bacteria)

NHIN – National Health Information Network

NIH – National Institutes of Health

NPI – National Provider Identifier

NPP – Notice of Privacy Practices

OCE – Outpatient Code Editor

OIG – Office of Inspector General

P4P – Pay for Performance

PCMH – Patient Centered Medical Homes

PHI – Protected Health Information

POA – Present on Admission

RAC – Recovery Audit Contractor

RECs – Regional Extension Centers

RHIO – Regional Health Information Organization

SGR – Sustainable Growth Rate – A formula used by Medicare to determine physician pay

SNF – Skilled Nursing Facility

SSA – Social Security Administration

TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

TPO – Treatment, Payment & Healthcare Operations

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