Some Cool New Health Care Administration Abbreviations and Terms

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By Ann Miller RN MHA


Abbreviations for 2012

  • AALL American Association for Labor Legislation
  • ACA Accountable Care Organizations (see PPACA)
  • AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
  • AHA American Hospital Association
  • ALOS Average Length of Stay
  • AMA American Medical Association
  • ANA American Nurses Association
  • ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Offi cials
  • CAT Computerized Axial Tomography
  • CCMC Committee on the Costs of Medical Care
  • CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CHC Community Health Center
  • CHSS Cooperative Health Statistics System
  • CME Continuing Medical Education
  • CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • CPO Combined Provider Organization
  • DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
  • DO Doctor of Osteopathy
  • DOD Department of Defense
  • DRG Diagnosis-Related Group
  • DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
  • EAP Employee Assistance Program
  • ED Emergency Department
  • EMS Emergency Medical Service (or System)
  • EMT Emergency Medical Technician
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPO Exclusive Provider Organization
  • FDA Food and Drug Administration
  • GAO General Accounting Offi ce
  • GPO Government Printing Offi ce
  • GDP Gross Domestic Product
  • GMENAC Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee
  • GNP Gross National Product
  • GPEP General Professional Education of the Physician Panel
  • HCFA Health Care Financing Administration
  • HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HMO Health Maintenance Organization
  • HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
  • IDS Integrated Delivery System
  • IPA Individual or Independent Practice Association
  • IPO Independent Practice Organization
  • JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
  • MC Managed Care
  • MCH Maternal and Child Health
  • MCO Managed Care Organization
  • MEPS Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
  • MHS Marine Hospital Service
  • MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MVSR Monthly Vital Statistics Report
  • NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
  • NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • NHIS National Health Interview Survey
  • NIH National Institutes of Health
  • NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
  • NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • NLN National League for Nursing
  • NP Nurse Practitioner
  • OMB Offi ce of Management and Budget
  • OPD Outpatient Department
  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PA Physician Assistant (or Associate)
  • PPACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • PHO Physician–Hospital Organization
  • PHS Public Health Service
  • POS Point of Service
  • PPGP Prepaid Group Practice
  • PPO Preferred Provider Organization
  • RBRVS Resource-Based Relative Value System
  • RN Registered Nurse
  • SAMSHA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • UR Utilization Review
  • USDA United States Department of Agriculture
  • USPHS United States Public Health Service
  • VA United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WIC Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program


Feel free to send us your own new-wave abbreviations and terms.

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SOURCE: Jonas’ US Health Care System

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