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AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
A professional organization that offers accreditation programs for ambulatory and outpatient organizations such as single-speciality and multi-speciality group pratices.
AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges)
The organizational established in 1876 to standarize the curriculum for medical schools in the United States and to promote the licensure of physicans.
AAMT (American Association of Medical Transcription)
An organization now known as the Association for Healthcare Documentation and Intergrity (AHDI) . represents the clinical documentation sector and helps to advocate for workforce development and credentialing in allied health and the critical role of the technology-enabled documentation knowledge worker in the electronic health record (EHR)
The practice of extracting information from a document to create a brief summary characterizing a patients illness, treatment, and outcome and extracting elements of data from a secure document or database and entering them into an automated system
A voluntary process of instititional or program study review in which an organization or agency performs an external audit to determine the quality of the entitys work against pre-established standards.
Acute Care
Medical care of a limited duration that is provided in an inpatient hospital setting to diagnose and or treat an injury of a short-term illness.
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
The branch of the United States Public Health Services that supports general health research and distributes research findings and treatment guidelines with the goal of improving the quality, effectiveness and appropriateness of healthcare services.
AHA (American Hospital Association)
The national trade organization that provides education, conducts research and represents the hospitals industry's interest in national legislative matters.
AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
The professional memebership organization for managers of health record services and healthcare information systems as well as coding services
Allied health professional
A credentialed healthcare worker who is not a physician, nurse, psychologist, or pharmacist.
AMA (American Medical Association)
The national professional membership organization for physicians that distributes scientific information to its members and the public.
AMIA (American Medical Information Assocation)
The membership organization composed of individuals, institutions, and corporations that develop and use information technologies in healthcare.
ANA (American Nurses Assocation)
The national professional membership association of nurses that works for the inprovement of health standards and the availability of healthcare services.
A method of healthcare reimbursement in which an insurance carrier prepays a physican, hospital, or other healthcare provider a fixed amount for a given population without regard to the actual number or nature of healthcare services provided to the population
The management of, responsibility for, or attention to the safety and well being of other persons in the context of healthcare settings
Career Development
The process of growing or progressing within one's profession or occupation
Any clinical professional who provides care directly to patients
Category II Codes
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that describe services or test results agreed upon as contributing to positive health outcomes and high-quality patient care.
Category III Codes
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that describe new and emerging technology. May be published at any time during the year and can be found on the AMA website and preceding the alphabetic index in the CPT codebook
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A group fo federal agencies that oversee health promotion and disease control and prevention activities in the United States
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
The division of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for developing healthcare policy in the United States and adminstering the Medicare program and the federal portion of the Medicaid program
The process by which a duly authorized body evaluates and recognizes an individual, institution, or educational program as meeting predetermined requirements
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
An AHIMA credential awarded to individuals who have demonstrated skill in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting, by passing a certification exam
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based (CCS-P)
An AHIMA credential awarded to individuals who have demonstrated coding expertise in physician-based settings such as group practices by passing a certification exam
Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)
A certification granted upon successful completion of an examination

Civilian Health and Medical Program-Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS)
A federal program providing supplementary civilain-sector hospital and medical services beyond that which is available in military treatment facilities to military dependants, retirees and their dependants and certain others.
Civilian Health and Medical Program-Veterans Administration (CHAMPVA)
The federal healthcare benefits program for dependants of veterans rated by the Veterans Administration as having a total and permanent disability, for survivors of veterans who died from VA rated service connected conditions or who were rated totally and permanently disabled at the time of death from a VA rated service connected condition or for survivors of persons who died in the line of duty
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