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This page provides explanations of many abbreviations (acronyms) used throughout the site. It is organized in alphabetical order.

TermDefinition
AAC Average Allowable Cost (of certified EHR Technology)
AIU Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (certified EHR Technology)
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
ATL Accredited Testing Laboratory in the ONC HIT Certification Program
CAH Critical Access Hospital
CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CCD Continuity of Care Document
CCHIT Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
CCN CMS Certification Number
CDA Clinical Document Architecture
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDS Clinical Support Decision
CEHRT Certified EHR Technology
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CGD Certification Guidance Document
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
CHIPRA Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
CHPL Certified HIT Product List
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CPOE Computerized Physicians Order Entry
CQM Clinical Quality Measure
CY Calendar Year
EH Eligible Hospital
EHR Electronic Health Record
EP Eligible Professional
EPO Exclusive Provider Organization
FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
FFP Federal Financial Participation
FFS Fee-For-Service
FFY Federal Fiscal Year
FIPS Federal Information Processing Standards
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FY Fiscal Year
HEDIS Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HIE Health Information Exchange
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIT Health Information Technology
HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
HITPC HIT Policy Committee
HITPC Health Information Technology Policy Committee
HITSC HIT Standards Committee
HL7 Health Level Seven
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HOS Health Outcomes Survey
HPSA Health Professional Shortage Area
HRSA Health Resource and Services Administration
IAPD Implementation Advance Planning Document
ICD-10-CM International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification
ICD-10-PCS International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System
ICD-9-CM International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification
ICR Information Collection Requirement
IHS Indian Health Service
IPA Independent Practice Association
IT Information Technology
LOINC Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes
MA Medicare Advantage
MAC Medicare Administrative Contractor
MAO Medicare Advantage Organization
MCO Managed Care Organization
MITA Medical Information Technology Architecture
MMIS Medicaid Management Information Systems
MSA Medical Savings Account
MU Meaningful Use
MU Stage 1 Meaningful Use Stage 1
MU Stage 2 Meaningful Use Stage 2
NAAC Net Average Allowable Cost (of certified EHR technology)
NCPDP National Council for Prescription Drug Programs
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCVHS National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NLM National Library of Medicine
NPI National Provider Identifier
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NVLAP National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
ONC-AA ONC-Approved Accreditor in the ONC HIT Certification Program
ONC-ACB ONC -Authorized Certification Body in the ONC HIT Certification Program
ONC-ATCB ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body in the Temporary Certification Program
PAHP Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plan
PAPD Planning Advance Planning Document
PCP Permanent Certification Program
PFFS Private Fee-For-Service
PHO Physician Hospital Organization
PHS Public Health Service
PHSA Public Health Service Act
PIHP Prepaid Impatient Heath Plan
POS Place of Service
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PQRI Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PSO Provider Sponsored Organization
REST Representational State Transfer
RFA Regulatory Flexibility Act
RHC Rural Health Clinic
RHQDAPU Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update
RPPO Regional Preferred Provider Organization
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SMHP State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan
SNOMED-CT Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
TCP Temporary Certification Program
TIN Tax Identification Number
UCUM Unified Code for Units of Measure
UMLS Unified Medical Language System
XML eXtensible Markup Language