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Useful Acronyms

Throughout our website and often when discussing complex reimbursement issues and regulations we use acronyms. The following is a listing of useful acronyms:

  • ACA
  • Affordable Care Act
  • A&G
  • Administrative and General
  • AHSEA
  • Adjusted Hourly Salary Equivalency Amount
  • ARRA
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • ASC
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • BBA
  • Balanced Budget Act
  • BBRA
  • Balanced Budget Reform Act
  • BIPA
  • Benefits Improvement and Protection Act
  • CAH
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • CBSA
  • Core Based Statistical Areas
  • CCN
  • CMS Certification Number
  • CFR
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • CMHC
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • CMS
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • CORF
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
  • CRNA
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • DEFRA
  • Deficit Reduction Act of 1984
  • DPP
  • Disproportionate Patient Percentage
  • DRA
  • Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
  • DRG
  • Diagnostic Related Group
  • DSH
  • Disproportionate Share
  • EACH
  • Essential Access Community Hospital
  • ECR
  • Electronic Cost Report
  • EHR
  • Electronic Health Records
  • ESRD
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • FQHC
  • Federally Qualified Health Center
  • FR
  • Federal Register
  • FTE
  • Full Time Equivalent
  • HCERA
  • Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • HCPCS
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
  • HCRIS
  • Healthcare Cost Report Information System
  • GME
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • HHA
  • Home Health Agency
  • HIT
  • Health Information Technology
  • HMO
  • Health Maintenance Organization
  • ICF/MR
  • Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
  • ICU
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • IME
  • Indirect Medical Education
  • IPF
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility
  • IPPS
  • Inpatient Prospective Payment System
  • IRF
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility
  • LIP
  • Low Income Patient
  • LOS
  • Length of Stay
  • LTCH
  • Long Term Care Hospital
  • MA
  • Medicare Advantage (previously known as M+C)
  • M+C
  • Medicare + Choice (also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage and Medicare HMO)
  • MDH
  • Medicare Dependent Hospital
  • MIPPA
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • MMA
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003
  • MMEA
  • Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010
  • MS-DRG
  • Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Group
  • MSP
  • Medicare Secondary Payer
  • NF
  • Nursing Facility
  • NPI
  • National Provider Identifier
  • NPR
  • Notice of Program Reimbursement
  • OPPS
  • Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  • ORF
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
  • PCRE
  • Primary Care Residency Expansion Program
  • PBP
  • Provider-Based Physician
  • PPS
  • Prospective Payment System
  • PRM
  • Provider Reimbursement Manual
  • PS&R
  • Provider Statistical and Reimbursement Report (or System)
  • PT
  • Physical Therapy
  • PTO
  • Paid Time Off
  • RCE
  • Reasonable Compensation Equivalent
  • RHC
  • Rural Health Clinic
  • RPCH
  • Rural Primary Care Hospitals
  • RT
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • RUG
  • Resource Utilization Group
  • SCH
  • Sole Community Hospitals
  • SCHIP
  • State Children's Health Insurance Program
  • SNF
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • SSI
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • TEFRA
  • Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982
  • TOPPS
  • Transitional Corridor Payment for Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  • UPIN
  • Unique Physician Identification Number