AAA – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

AAMC – Association of American Medical Colleges

AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics

AB – Abortion

ABC – airway breathing circulation

ABG – Arterial Blood Gases

ABN – Abnormal

ABM – Ambulatory

ABX – Antibiotics

AC – Ambulatory Care

AC – Allowable Cost/ Actual Charge

AC – Anterior Cephalic Vein

ACC – Ambulatory Care Center

ACD – Anticonvulsant Drug

ACE – Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

ACF – Adult Care Facility

ACO – Accountable Care Organization, new model of healthcare delivery where providers receive payments based on aggregated health outcomes

ACOG – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACL – Anterior Cruciate Ligament

ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ACPE – American College of Physician Executives

ACR – Albumin/Creatinine Ratio

ACS – Acute Coronary Syndrome

ACTH – Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

ACU – Ambulatory Care Unit

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADAP – Aids Drug Assistance Program

ADC – Average Daily Census

ADE – Adverse Drug Event

ADH – Antidiuretic Hormone

ADHC – Adult Day Health Care

ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADL – Activities of Daily Living

ADR – Adverse Drug Reaction

ADS – Alternative Delivery System

ADT – Admission Discharge Transfer

AED – Automated External Defibrillator

AEP – Annual Enrollment Period

AF – Atrial Fibrillation

AFA – Advanced First Aid

AFB – Acid-Fast Bacilli

AFDA – Aid to Families with Dependent Children

AFP – Alpha Fetoprotein

AGA – Appropriate for Gestational Age

AHP – Allied Health Professional

Ai – Aortic Insufficiency

AICD – Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

AIDS – Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

AKF – Acute Kidney Failure

ALC – Alternate Level of Care

ALF – Assisted Living Facility

ALOC – Acute Loss of Consciousness

ALOS – Average Length of Stay

ALP – Assisted Living Program

ALP – Alkaline Phosphatase

ALS – Advanced Life Support

ALT – Alanine Transaminase; Alanine Aminotransferase

AMA – Against Medical Advice

AMC – Academic Medical Center

AMI – Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)

AODM – Adult Onset Diabetes Mellitus

AOG – Age of Gestation

AOSD – Adult Onset Still’s disease

AP – Apical Pulse

APC – Ambulatory Payment Classification

AP-DRGs – All Patient Diagnosis Related Groups

APE – Acute Pulmonary Edema/Acute Pulmonary Embolism

APG – Ambulatory Patient Group

APO – Acute Pulmonary Oedema

APSGN – Acute Poststretococcal Glomerulonephritis

APS – Adult Protective Services

ARB – Angiotensin Receptor Blocker

ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress

ARF – Acute Renal Failure

AS – Auricle Sinistruys (left ear)

AS – Ankylosing Spondylitis; Aortic Stenosis

ASAD – Arthroscopic Subcromial Decompression

ASC – Ambulatory Surgery Center

ASCUS – Atypical Squamous Cells of Unknown Significance

ASD – Atrial Septal Defect

ASHD – Arteriosclerotic Health Disease

AST – Aspartate Aminotransferase

ASU – Ambulatory Surgery Unit

AT – Atrial Fibrillation

ATC – Around the Clock

ATLS – Advanced Trauma Life Support

ATN – Acute Tubular Necrosis

AU – Both Ears

AV – Altria-Ventricular (cardiac)

AVB – Atria Ventricular Block

AVB – Below Knee

AVN – Avascular Necrosis

AZT – an antiviral drug prescribed for treatment of AIDS

A&W – Alert and Well

BA – Breathing Apparatus

BAC – Blood Alcohol Content

BAIAE – Bronchial Asthma in Acute Exacerbation

BB – Blood Bank

BBP – Blood Borne Pathogen

BBS – Bilateral Breath Sounds

BE – Barium Enema

BG – Blood Glucose

BGL – Blood Glucose Level

BI – Brain Injury

BIAD – Blind Insertion Airway Device

BID – Twice a Day

Bilat – Bilateral

B/K – Below Knee

BLS – Basic Life Support

BM – Bowel Movement

BMI – Body Mass Index

BMT – Bone Marrow Transplant

BMR – Basal Metabolism Rate

BP – Blood Pressure

BPH – Benign Prostate Hypertrophy

BPM – Beats per Minute

BPN – Bronchopneumonia

BPP – Biophysical Profile

BPPV – Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo

BRCA1, BRCA2 – Tumor suppressor genes associated with inherited forms of breast cancer and ovarian cancer

BRM – Biologic Response Modifier

BRT – Body Restorative Therapy

BSA – Body Surface Area

BSE – Breast Self Exam

BSI – Bodily Substance Isolation

BT – Bowel Tones

BU – Burn Unit

BZD – Benzodiazepine, a psychotic drug

CA – Chronological Age, or Carcinoma

C&A – Conscious and alert

CABG – Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

CAD – Coronary Artery Disease

CADAC – Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor

CAHPS – Consumers Assessment of Health Care Providers and System

CAT – Computerized Axial Tomography

CBC – Complete Blood Count

CBE – Clinical Breast Exam

CC – Chief Complaint

CC – Complications and Co morbidities

CCI – Correct Coding Initiative

CCU – Cardiac Care Unit

CCHIT – Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

CCRC – Continuous Care Retirement Community

CCU – Coronary Care Unit, Critical Care Unit

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDR – Clinical Data Repository, Chronic Disease Register

CDT – Continuing Day Treatment

CHAMPVA – Civilian Health and Medical Program, Veterans Administration

CHC – Community Health Center

CHF – Congestive Heart Failure

CHHA – Certified Home Health Agency

CHW – Community health worker

CICU – Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

CID – Cervical immobilization Device

CIS – Clinical Information System

CL – Cleft Lip

CLI – Central Line Infection

CMA – Certified Medical Assistant

CME – Continuing Medical Education

CMHC – Community Mental Health Center

CMO – Chief Medical Officer

CMHC – Community Mental Health Center

CMN – Certificate of Medical Necessity

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services

CN – Clinical Nurse

CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant

CNC – Clinical Nurse Consultant

CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

CNS – Central Nervous System

COAD – Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

COB – Coordination of Benefits

COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

COBG – Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

CON – Certificate of Need

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPS – Conditions of Participation in Medicare and Medicaid

CPO – Care Plan Oversight

CPOE – Computerized Physician (Prescription) Order Entry

CPHQ – Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality

CPPD – Chronic Percussion and Post Drainage

CPT – Current Procedural Terminology

CRF – Chronic Renal Failure

CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CPV – Cost per Visit

CQI – Continuous Quality Improvement

CREST – Calcinosis Raynaud’s Esophagus disease

CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

CT – Cardiothoracic

CTFR – the gene encoding Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator

CTS – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CVA – Cerebral Vascular Accident

CVD – Cardiovascular Disease

D – Dosage

DAT – Diet as Tolerated

DC – Discontinue, Doctor of Chiropractic

DD – Differential Diagnosis

DAWN – Drug Abuse Warning Network

DCCT – Diabetes Control and Complication Trials

DEA – Drug Enforcement Administration

DEX – Blood Sugar

DIA – Digital Image Analysis

D&T – Diagnostic and Treatment Center

DICOM – Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine

DDD – Degenerative Disk Disease

DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery

DKA – Diabetic Ketoacidosis

DME – Durable Medical Equipment; Direct Medical Education

DMO – Disease Management Organization

DNA – Deoxyribonucleic Acid. The molecular basis of heredity where genetic information is stored

DNR – Do Not Resuscitate Order

DO – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

DOA – Dead on Arrival

DOB – Date of Birth

DOA – Dead on Arrival

DON – Director of Nursing

DR – Delivery Room

DTP – Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis vaccination

DTR – Dietetic Technician Registered

DU – Diagnosis Undermined

DUR – Drug Utilization Review

DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis

Dx – Diagnosis

EBM – Evidence Based Medicine

EBV – Epstein-Barr Virus

ECF – Extended Care Facility

ECG/EKG – Electrocardiogram

ED/ER – Emergency Department

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange

EDS – Ehlers Danios Syndrome

EEG – Electroencephalogram, measures brain activity

EENT – Ear Eye Nose and Throat

EHOB – Elevated Head of Bed

EHR – Electronic Health Record

EIP – Early Intervention Program

ELS – Emergency Life Support

EMG – Electromyogram

EMR – Electronic Medical Record

EMS – Emergency Medical Services

EMT – Emergency Medical Technician

EMT-P – Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic

EMTALA – Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act

ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat

EOA – Esophageal Obturator Airway

EOB – Explanation of Benefits

OC – Effectiveness of Care

EPO – Exclusive Provider Organization

eRx – abbreviation for e-prescribe when filling prescriptions

ESRD – End-Stage Renal Disease

ER – Emergency Room

ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival

ETU – Emergency Trauma Unit

Ex – Examination

FA – Fatty Acid

FAQ – Frequently Asked Question

FB – Foreign Body

FD – Fatal Dose

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

FFS – Fee for Service

FHR – Fetal Heart Rate

FHT – Fetal Heart Tones

FMS – Fibromyalgia Syndrome

F&R – Force and Rhythm

FAS – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FBS – Fasting Blood Sugar

FEHBP – Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

FFDCA – Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

FH – Family History

FMAP – Federal Medical Assistance Percentage

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

FOD – Free of Disease

FPL – Federal Poverty Level

FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Center

FSA – Flexible Spending Accounts

FTC – Federal Trade Commission

FU – Follow Up

FUO – Fever of Unknown Origin

FVD – Fluid Volume Deficit

Fx – Fracture

GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GB – Gall Bladder

GDM – Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

GERD – Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

GHAA – Group Health Association of America

GI – Gastrointestinal

GIC – General Inpatient Care

GLP – Good Laboratory Practice

GU – Genito-Urinary

GME – Graduate Medical Education

GP – General Practitioner

GRO – Group Practice Organization

HAC – Healthcare-Acquired Condition

HAI – Hospital Acquired Infection

HapMap – International Haplotypes Map (project that mapped the human DNA sequences to facilitate the discovery of genetic variants)

HAS – Hospital Annual Survey

HCN – Home Care Network

HCBS – Home and Community Based Services

HCAHPS – Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

HCG – Health Care Group

HCPCS – Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

HCRA – Health Care Reform Act

HCW – Healthcare Worker

HDHP – High Deductible Health Plan

HDL – High Density Lipoproteins (related to cholesterol)

HEDIS – Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information set

HEICS – Hospital Emergency Incident Command System

HERDS – Hospital Emergency Response Data System

HERF – Healthcare Educational and Research Fund

Hgb – Hemoglobin

HH – Home Health

HHA – Home Health Agency

HHC – Home Health Care

HHS – Department of Health and Human Services

HHQI – Home Health Quality Initiative

HIAA – Health Insurance Association of America

HIC – Health Information Center

HIC – Health Insurance Claim

HIE – Health Information Exchange

HIH – Healthcare in Home

HIM – Health Information Management

HIO – Health Insurance Organization

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPDB – Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank

HIT – Health Information Technology

HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HL7 – Health Level 7

HLQAT – Hospital Leadership and Quality Assessment Tool

HME – Home Medical Equipment

HMO – Health Maintenance Organization

HPN – Health Provider Network

HQA – Hospital Quality Alliance

HRET – Hospital Research and Educational Trust

HRA – Health Reimbursement Account – also Health Risk Assessment

HRF – Health Related Facility

HSA – Health Savings Account, also Health Service Area

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBW – Ideal Body Weight

ICD – 10 International Classification of Disease

ICE – in Case of Emergency – emergency contact info for individuals

ICF – Intermediate Care Facility

ICM – Intensive Case Management

ICU – Intensive Care Unit

IDS – Integrated Delivery System

IHI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IM – Intermuscular

IME – Indirect Medical Education

IOM – Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

IPA – Individual Practice Association (physicians’ group)

IPF – Inpatient Psychiatric Facility

IQ – Intelligence Quotient

IRF – Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility

ISMP – Institute for Safe Medication Practices

ITU – Intensive Team Unit

IV – intravenous

JCR – Joint Commission Resources

JH – Joint Hypermobility

JRA – Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

JVP – Jugular Venous Pressure

K – Potassium

KCI – Potassium Chloride

KI – Potassium Iodide

KUB – Kidney Urethra Bladder

KVO – Keep Vein Open

L&A – Light and Accommodation

LAD – Left Anterior Descending (artery)

Lab – Laboratory

LAMA – Left Against Medical Advice

LB – Large Bowel

LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LD – Lethal Dose

LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol)

LE – Lupus Erthemotosus

LE – Lower Extremities

LFTs – Liver Function Test

LHCSA – Licensed Home Care Services Agency

LIJ – Left Internal Jugular

LLQ – Lower Left Quadrant

LMA – Laryngeal Mask Airway

LMHC – Licensed Mental Health Worker

LMP – Last Menstrual Period

LOC – Loss of Consciousness

LOS – Length of Stay

LOX – Liquid Oxygen

LP – Lumbar Puncture

LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

LR – Labor Room

LSC – Left Subclavian

LTC – Long Term Care

LTD – Long-Term Disability

LTHHCP – Long-Term Home Health Care Program

LUPA – Low Utilization Payment Adjustment

LUQ – Left Upper Quadrant

LVN – Licensed Vocational Nurse

LVSD – Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

LWDII – Lost Work Day Injury and Illness

MA – Medical Assistance, also Mental Age, also Medicare Advantage

MAC – Medicare Administration Contractor

MAN – Medicare Automated Network

MAO – Medical Assisted Only

MAP – Mean Arterial Pressure

MAP – Medical Assistance Payment

MAR – Medication Administration Record

MCL – Modified Chest Lead

MCO – Managed Care Organization

MCTD – Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

MDCs – Major Diagnostic Categories

MD – Doctor of Medicine

MDA – Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDC – Major Diagnostic Category

MDD – Major Depressive Disorder

MDH – Medicare Dependent Hospital

MDI – Multiple Daily Vitamin

MDS – Minimum Data Set

MED PAC l – Medicare Payment Advisory Committee

MHC – Mental Health Center

MH – Medical History

MDS – Minimum Data Set

Meds – Abbreviation for medicines

Medigap – Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Med – Pac Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Med – Par Medicare Provider Analysis and Review

MHC – Managed Health Care

MI – Myocardial Infarction

MICA – Mentally Ill Chemical Abuser

MICU – Medical Intensive Care Unit

MIP – Managed Indemnity Plan

MIPPA – Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008

MLC – Midline Catheter

MLTC – Managed Long -Term Care

M&M – abbreviation for morbidity/mortality conference about cases that end in death.

MM – Mucous Membrane

MMA – Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003

MMIS – Medicaid Management Information System

MMP – Medicare Medicaid Payment

MMSEA – Medicare Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007

MOAvs – Monoclonal Antibodies

MOM – Milk of Magnesia

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MPOA – Medical Power of Attorney = The one who will make decisions for you when you are incapacitated.

M.P.H. – Master of Public Health

MR – Medical Review

MRD – Medical Records Department

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRM – Modified Radical Mastectomy

MRSA – Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections

MS – Multiple Sclerosis

MSO4 – Morphine Sulfate

MSA – Medical Savings Account

MTP – Medically Termination of Pregnancy

MTX – Methotrexate

MUA – Medically Under- Served Area

MUGA – Multigated Radionuclide Angiography

MVA – Motor Vehicle Accident

NAD – No Apparent Disease (nothing abnormal detected)

NAD – No Acute Distress

NCD – Non-Communicable Disease

NCDA – National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCCC – National Chronic Care Consortium

NCCN – National Comprehensive Cancer Network

NCCS – National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

NCI – National Cancer Institute

NCHS – National Center for Health Statistics

NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance

ND – Not Diagnosed

NDC – National Drug Code

NDF – No disease found

NEC – Not Elsewhere Classifiable

NED – No Evidence of Disease

NF – Nursing Facility

NG – Nasal Gastric

NHE – National Health Expenditures

NHQI – Nursing Home Quality Initiative

NHS – National Health Service

NIBP – Non-Invasive Blood Pressure

NICU – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NIDDM – Noninsulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

NIH – National Institutes of Health

NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health

NIOSH – National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

NKA – No Known Allergies

NKDA – Non-Ketotic Diabetic Acidosis; No Known Drug Allergies

NLM – National Library of Medicine

NMR – Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

NOS – Not Otherwise Specified

NP – Nurse Practitioner

NPA – Nasopharyngeal Airway

NPI – National Provider Identifier

NPO – Nothing by Mouth

NQF – National Quality Forum

NSC – National Safety Council

NSAID – Nonsteroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug

NYD – Not Yet Diagnosed

O2 – Oxygen

OA – Osteoarthritis

OASIS – Outcome and Assessment Information Set

O-neg – O negative blood also called universal donor since any human can receive O negative blood

OBGYN – Obstetrics, Gynecology

OBQI – Outcome-Based Quality Improvement

OCE – Outpatient Code Editor

OCR – Office of Civil Rights

OD – Overdose; Doctor of Optometry

ODBC – Open Database Connectivity

OGTT – Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

OPA – Oropharyngeal Airway

OPC – Outpatient Clinic

OPD – Outpatient Department

OPO – Organ Procurement Organization

OPS – Outpatient Surgery

OR – Operating Room

ORYX – Part of Joint Commission Accreditation process involved with performance standards

OSCAR – Online Survey Certification and Reporting

OT – Occupational Therapy

OTC – Over the Counter (drugs)

OU – Both Eyes

PA – Physician Assistant

PA – Psoriatic Arthritis

PAC – Products of Ambulatory Care

PAC-PRD – Post-Acute-Care Payment Reform Demonstration

PACE – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

PASARR – Pre-Admission Screening and Annual Resident Review

PBM – Pharmacy Benefit Manager

PC – Personal Care

PCA – Personal Care Assistant

PCC – Poison Control Center

PCN – Primary Care Network

PCCM – Primary Care Case Management

PCI – Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

PCN – Penicillin; also, Primary Care Nurse

PCP – Primary Care Physician

PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction

PCTA – Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty

PCU – Progressive Care Unit

PDD – Pervasive Development Disorder

PDL – Prescription Drug List

PDP – Prescription Drug Plan

PDR – Physician Desk Reference

PDSA – Plan-Do-Study-Act

PE – Pulmonary Embolism (Edema)

PE – Physician Exam

PE – Pleural Effusion

Ped – Pediatric

PEG – Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

PEL – Permissible Exposure Limits

PERS – Personal Emergency Response System

PET – Positron Emission Tomography used for detection of cancer, coronary disease and brain disease

PH – Poor Health; Past History

PHC – Primary Health Care

PHI – Protected Health Information

PHO – Physician Hospital Organization

PHP – Partial Hospitalized Program

PHS – Public Health Service

PHSP – Prepaid Health Service Plan

PI – Present Illness

PI – Performance Improvement

PIA – Personal Incidental Allowance

PICC – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter

PIP – Periodic Interim Payment

PICU – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

PMH – Past Medical History

PMI – Past Medical Illness

PM&R – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PMPM – per Member per Month

PMR – Polymyalgia Rheumatica

PN – Pneumonia

POA – Present on Admission

POA – Power of Attorney

POC – Point of Care

POD – Point of Distribution

POE – Point of Entry

POS – Point of Service

PPA – Preferred Provider Arrangement

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

PPO – Preferred Provider Organization

PPRC – Physician Payment Review Commission

PPS – Prospective Payment System

PQRI – Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

PRI – Patient Review Instrument

Progn, Px – Prognosis

PRN – As often as necessary (refers to how often to take certain medication)

PRM – Provider Reimbursement Manual

PRO – Peer Review Organization

PRRB – Provider Reimbursement Review Board

PSI – Patient Safety Indicator

PSQIA – Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

PS&R – Provider Statistical and Reimbursement Report

PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen

PSN – Provider Sponsored Network

PT – Physical Therapist

PTCA – Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angiioplasty

PUD – Peptic Ulcer Disease

PUSH – Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing

QA – Quality Assurance

QD – Everyday

QID – Four Times a day

QNS – Quantity Not Sufficient

QIES – Quality Improvement and Evaluation System

QIO – Quality Improvement Organization

QIPI – Quality Improvement and Performance Improvement

QM – Quality Management

QOD – Every Other Day

QS – Quantity Sufficient, Quantity Required

Quid – four times a day

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis

RAC – Recovery Audit Contractor

RADR – Reactive Airway Disease

RAI – Resident Assessment Instrument

RAI – Radioactive Iodine

RAP – Resident Assessment Protocol

RBC – Red Blood Count

RBRVS – Resource-Based Relative Value Scale

RCA – Right Coronary Artery

RCC – Reasonable and Customary Change

RCF – Residential Care Facility

RDS – Respiratory Distress Syndrome

RD – Registered Dietician

RDS – Respiratory Distress Syndrome

RDW – Red Cell Distribution

RFP – Request for Proposal

RHC – Rural Health Clinic

RHCF – Residential Health Care Facility

RHDR – Rheumatic Heart Disease

RHIO – Regional Health Information Organization

RHQDAPU – Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update

RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome

RN – Registered Nurse

ROM – Range of Motion

ROS – Review of Systems

RR – Recovery Room

RR – Respiratory Rate

RRC – Regional Resource Center; Rural Referral Center

RRT – Rapid Response Team

RSD – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury

RSR – Regular Sinus Rhythm

RSV – Respiratory Syncitial Virus

RT – Rightful Right Upper Quadrant

Rx – Prescription

SAB – Spontaneous Abortion

SABA – Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus

SAED – Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator

SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

SB – Spina Bifida

SBAR – Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendations

SBO – Small Bowel Obstruction

SC – Subcutaneous

SCBU – Special Baby Care Unit

SCH – Sole Community Hospital

SCHIP – State Children’s Health Insurance Program

SCIP – Surgical Care Improvement Project

SDFI – Secure Digital Forensic Imaging

SG – Surgeon General

SHS – Short Hospital Stay

SICU – Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Sig – label (drug)

SLE – Systemic Lupus Erthemotosus

SLUD – Salivation, Lacrimation, Urination, Defecation

SMO – Standing Medical Order

SNF – Skilled Nursing Facility

SNP – Special Needs Plan

SOB – Shortness of Breath

SOI – Severity of Illness

SR – Sedimentation Rate

S/S – Signs & Symptoms

SS – Sjogren’s Syndrome

SSI – Supplemental Security Income

SSI – Surgical Site Infection

SSS – Sick Sinus Syndrome

ST – Sinus Tachycardia

Stat – Immediately (from Latin statinum)

STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease

STH – Somatotropic Hormones

STEL – Short-Term Exposure Limit

STEMI – St.-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (test that confirms heart attack)

STM – Short Term Disease

SVR – Systemic Vascular Resistance

SVT – Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia

Sx – Surgery

Sx – Symptoms

Sz – Seizure

TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TB – Tuberculosis

TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

TCU – Transitional Care Unit

TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

TDM – Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

TEFRA – Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982

TMJ – Temporomandibular Joints

TPA – Third-Party Administrator

TQI – Total Quality Improvement

TPR – Temperature, Pulse, Respiration

UA – Urinalysis

UAO – Upper Airway Obstruction

UB-92 – Uniform Billing Form

UBW – Usual Bodyweight

UCDS – Uniform Clinical Data Set

UCR – Usual, Customary and Reasonable fees

UCTS – Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Syndrome

UDS – Universal Data Set

UGI – Upper Gastrointestinal

UHDDS – Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set

UHF – United Hospital Fund

UM – Utilization Management

UO – Under Observation

UR – Utilization Review

URI – Urinary Incontinence

URAC – Utlization Review Accreditation Commission

U/S – Ultrasound

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

VAP – Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

V-fib – Ventricular Fibrillation

VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Caeserean

VF/Vfib – Ventricular Fibrillation

VHA – Voluntary Hospitals of America

VLDL – Very Low-Density Lipoprotein

VNA – Visiting Nurses Association

VNS – Vagus Nerve Stimulation

VOMIT – Victim of Medical Imaging

VPB – Ventricular Premature Beat

VPC – Ventricular Premature Contraction

VRE – Vancomycin-Resistent Enterococcus

VS – Vital Signs

VSA – Vital Signs Absent

VSD – Ventricular Septal Defect

V-tach – Ventricular Tachycardia

VW – Vessel Wall

WBC – White Blood Cell Count

W/C – Wheelchair

WD – Well Developed

WDI – Warm, Dry, Intact Skill Assessment

WHO – World Health Organization

WIC – Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children

WMA – World Medical Association

WN – Well Nourished

WNL – Within Normal Limits

Wt – Weight

X&D – Exam and Diagnosis

XR – X-Ray

YOB – Year of Birth

AACR – American Association for Cancer Research

AAD – American Academy of Dermatology

AAE – American Academy of Endodontists

AAETS – American Academy of Experts on Traumatic Stress

AAFP – American Academy of Family Physicians

AAHKS – American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

AAHP – American Association of Health Plans

AAHS – American Association for Hand Surgery

AAMC – Association of American Medical Colleges

AAMT – American Association for Medical Transcriptionists

AAN – American Academy of Neurology

ANNA – Arthroscopy Association of North America

AANOS – American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons

AANS – American Association of Neurological Surgeons

AAO – American Academy of Opthalmology

AAOFAS – American Association of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons

AAOHN – American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

AAOM – American Academy of Oral Medicine

AAOO – American Academy of Opthalmology and Otolaryngology

AAOP – American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics

AAOPP – American Association of Osteopathic Postgraduate Physicians

AAOS – American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAP – America Academy of Pediatrics

AAP – American Academy of Pedodontics

AAP – American Academy of Periodontology

AAP – American Academy of Psychoanalysis

AAP – American Academy of Psychotherapists

AAP – American Academy of Pathologists

AAP – Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis

AAP – Association of Academic Physiatrists

AAP – Association of American Physicians

AAPA – American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPA – American Association of Pathologists Assistants

AAPB – American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists

AAPCC – American Association of Poison Control Centers

AAPHD – American Association of Public Health Dentists

AAPHP – American Association of Public Health Physicians

AAPM&R – (AAPMR) American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

AAPM – American Association of Physicists in Medicine

AAPOS – American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

AAPP – American Academy on Physician and Patient

AAPPO – American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations

AAPS – Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

AAPS – American Association of Plastic Surgeons

AAPSM – American Academy of Pediatric Sports Medicine

AARC – American Association for Respiratory Care

AARDA – American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

AASD – American Academy of Stress Disorders

AASH – American Association for the Study of Headaches

AASP – American Association of Senior Physicians

AAST – American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

AATS – American Association for Thoracic Surgery

AAWS – American Association of Women Dentists

AAWM – American Academy of Wound Management

ABA – American Board of Anesthesiologists

ABAT – American Board of Applied Toxicology

ABB – American Board of Bioanalysis

ABC – American Blood Commission

ABE – American Board of Endodontics

ABJS – Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons

ABMS – American Board of Medical Specialities

ABOS – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

ABP – American Board of Pathology

ABP – American Board of Pediatrics

ABS – American Back Society

ABTA – American Brain Tumor Association

ACA – American Chiropractic Association

ACC – American College of Cardiology

ACCME – Academic Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACCP – American College of Chest Physicians

ACDM – Association for Clinical Data Management

ACFAS – American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

ACHE – American College of Healthcare Executives

ACIP – Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

ACLA – American Clinical Laboratory Association

ACLD – Association for Children with Learning Disabilities

ACLI – American Council on Life Insurance

ACLM – American College of Legal Medicine

ACLPS – Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists

ACM – American College of Medicine

ACMA – American Occupational Medical Association

ACMC – Association of Canadian Medical Colleges

ACME – Advisory Council on Medical Education

ACMI – American College of Medical Informatics

ACMR – Advisory Committee on Medical Research

ACN – American College of Nutrition

ACNM – American College of Nurse Midwives

ACNM – American College of Nurse Midwives

ACNP – American College of Nuclear Physicians

ACOEM – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

ACOEP – American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

ACOG – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOHA – American College of Osteopathic Hospital Administrators

ACO-HNS – American Council of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

ACOM – American College of Occupational Medicine

ACOMS – American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

ACOOG – American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOP – American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians

ACOS – American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

ACP – American College of Pathologists

ACP – American College of Pharmacists

ACP – American College of Physicians

ACP – American College of Prosthodontists

ACP – American College of Psychiatrists

ACPE – American College of Physician Executives

ACPM – American College of Preventive Medicine

ACPOC – Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics

ACR – American College of Radiology

ACR – American College of Rheumatology

ACRM – American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine

ACRPI – Association of Clinical Research for the Pharmaceutical Industry

ACS – American College of Physicians

ACS – American Cancer Society

ACS – American College of Surgeons

ACS – American Chemical Society

ACS – Association of Clinical Scientists

ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine

ACTA – American Cardiology Technologists Association

ADA – Administration on Aging

ADA – American Diabetes Association

ADA – American Dental Association

ADASP – Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Procedures

ADEA – American Dental Education Association

ADNE – American Organization of Nurse Executives

AFIP – Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

AGI – Academy for Guided Imagery

AHA – American Heart Association

AHA – American Hospital Association

AHCA – American Health Care Association

AHCPR – Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

AHIMA – American Health Information Management Association

AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans

AHA – American Heart Association

AHCA – American Health Care Association

AHCPR – Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

AHF – American Health Foundation

AHF – American Hepatic Foundation

AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans

AHMC – Association of Hospital Management Committees

AHPA – American Health Planning Association

AHR – Association for Health Records

AHRQ – Agency for Health Research and Quality

AHS – Academy of Health Sciences

AHS – American Hearing Society

AHS – American Hospital Society

AHSA – American Health Security Act

AHSR – Association of Health Services Research

AIBS – American Institute of Biological Sciences

AIMBE – American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

AIOSM – American Institute of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

AJAO – American Juvenile Arthritis Organization

AJCC – American Joint Committee on Cancer

AJKS – American Journal of Knee Surgery

AJNR – American Journal of Neuroradiology

AJO – American Journal of Orthopedics

AKS – American Knee Society

ALA – American Lung Association

ALF – Assisted Living Facility

AMA – American Medical Association

AMD – Association for Macular Diseases

AMDF – American Macular Degeneration Foundation

AMIA – American Medical Informatics Association

AMSSM – American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

ANA – American Nurses Association

ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center

ANRF – Arthritis National Research Foundation

AOA – American Orthopedic Association

AOA – American Osteopathic Association

AOAC – Association of Official Analytical Chemists

AOFAS – American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

AOPA – American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association

AORFA – American Orthopedic Rugby Football Association

AORN – Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses

AOS – Academic Orthopedic Society

APA – American Paralysis Association

APA – American Psychiatric Association

API – Association for Pathology Informatics

APMA – American Podiatric Medical Association

APTA – American Physical Therapy Association

APHA – American Public Health Association

AQHC – Alliance for Quality Health Care

ARP – American Registry of Pathology

ARRT – American Registry of Radiologic Technologies

ASA – American Society of Anesthesiologists

ASB – American Society of Biomechanics

ASCO – American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCP – American Society of Clinical Pathology

ASDP – American Society of Dematopathology

ASES – American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

ASH – American Society of Hematology

ASIM – American Society of Internal Medicine

ASHNR – American Society of Head and Neck Radiology

ASIA – American Spinal Injury Association

ASM – American Society for Microbiology

ASMI – American Sports Medicine Institute

ASNR – American Society of Neuroradiology

ASOPA – American Society of Orthopedic Physician’s Assistants

ASPNR – American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology

ASPRS – American Society of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgeons

ASRT – American Society of Radiologic Technologies

ASSH – American Society for Surgery of the Hand

ASSR – American Society of Spine Radiology

AST – Association of Surgical Technologies

ASTRO – American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

ATS – American Thoracic Society

ATS – American Trauma Society

AUA – American Urological Association

AUPHA – Association of University Programs in Health Administration

BCBSA – Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

BCHS – Bureau of Community Health Services

BCIA – Biomedical Clinical Instrumentation Association

BEMS – Bioelectromagnetics Society

BMES – Biomedical Engineering Society

BIPA – Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000

BLS – Bureau of Labor Statistics

BME – Board of Medical Examiners

B.S.N. – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BTA – Blood Transfusion Association

BTCG – Brain Tumor Cooperative Group

BUMED – Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

CAAHEP – Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

CAP – College of American Pathologists

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CCFMG – Cooperating Committee on Foreign Medical Graduates

CCME – Coordinating Council on Medical Education

CCRG – Children’s Cancer Research Group

CLMA – Clinical Laboratory Management Association

COGME – Council on Graduate Medication Education

COMSS – Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies

COOMR – Center for Orthopedic Oncology and Musculoskeletal Research

COR – Center for Orthopedic Research

CSCD – Center for Sickle Cell Disease

CSCR – Central Society for Clinical Research

CSRS – Cervical Spine Research Society

DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency

DHHS – Department of Health and Human Services

DOH – Department of Health

EA – Endometriosis Association

EAA – Epilepsy Association of America

EAB – Ethics Advisory Board

EJHS – Electronic Journal of Hand Surgery

EJO – Electronic Journal of Orthopedics

EJS – Electronic Journal of Surgery and Specialistic Medicine

EOA – Eastern Orthopedic Association

FAAP – Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics

FACC – Fellow American College of Cardiology

FACFAS – Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

FACP – Fellow American College of Physicians

FACS – Fellow American College of Surgeons

FACCP – Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

FAHS – Federation of American Hospitals

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FORE – Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education

FOSA – Federation of Spine Associations

FSCAI – Fellow, Society for Cardiac, Angiography and Interventions

GOG – Gynecologic Oncology Group

HFMA – Healthcare Financial Management Association

HIAA – Health Insurance Association of America

HIDA – Health Industry Distributors Association

HIMA – Health Industry Manufacturers Association

HIMSS – Health Information and Management Systems Society

HPNA – Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

IBC – Institutions Biossafety Committee

IHF – International Hospital Foundation

IHI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IOM – Institute of Medicine

IPA – Independent Practice Associations

IPSM – Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine

JAAD – Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

JACS – Journal of the American College of Surgeons

JAAOS – Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

JAMA – Journal of American Medical Association

JAOS – Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

JBJS – Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

JBMR – Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

JC – Joint Commission (JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)

JCO – Journal of Clinical Oncology

JHS – Journal of Hand Surgery

JNMS – Journal of Musculoskeletal System

JOS – Internal Journal of Orthopedic Surgery

JOSPT – Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

JOT – Journal of Orthopedic Trauma

JPO – Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics

JPM – Journal of Participatory Medicine

JSR – Journal of Sports Rehabilitation

LRFA – Lymphoma Research Foundation of America

MHA – Mental Health Association

MRCAS – Center for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery

MTS – Musculoskeletal Tumor Society

MUSOC – Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Society

NAACCR – North American Association of Central Cancer Registries

NAAOP – National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics

NABCO – National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations

NAB/NCERS – National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators Continuing Education Review Service

NACHRI – National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions

NAHC – National Association of Home Care

NCCC – National Chronic Care Consortium

NAON – National Association of Orthopedic Nurses

NAOT – National Association of Orthopedic Technologies

NAPRA – National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities

NAS – National Academy of Sciences

NASPEM – North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine

NASS – North American Spine Society

NATA – National Athletic Trainers Association

NBCH – National Business Coalition on Health

NBME – National Board of Medical Examiners

NCBI – National Center for Biotechnology Information

NCCI – National Consultative Committee on Immunization

NCCLS – National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards

NCCM – National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

NCHS – National Center for Health statistics

NCI – National Cancer Institute

NCID – National Center for Infectious Diseases

NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCQHC – National Committee for Quality Health Care

NCPP – National Collaborative Prenatal Project

NCRA – National Cancer Registrars Association

NCVHS – National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NEJM – New England Journal of Medicine

NFRA – National Fibromyalgia Research Association

NHLBI – National Health, Lung and Blood Institute

NHPF – National Health Policy Forum

NHS – National Health Service (United Kingdom)

NIA – National Institute on Aging

NIAMS – National Institutes of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases

NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDRR – National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

NIH – National Institutes of Health

NIHCM – National Institutes for Heath Care Management

NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health

NKCA – National Kidney Cancer Association

NLM – National Library of Medicine

NLN – National League for Nursing

NMDP – National Marrow Donor Program

NMSS – National Multiple Sclerosis Society

NNFF – National Neurofibromatosis Foundation

NOF – National Osteoporosis Foundation

NORD – National Organization for Rare Disorders

NQF – National Quality Forum

NSCIA – National Spinal Cord Injury Association

OARG – Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group

OARS – Osteoarthritis Research Society

OASIS – Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

OAT – Office for Advancement of Telehealth

OHS – Office of Homeland Security

OLSNA – Orthopedic Laser Society of North America

OMB – Office of Management and Budget

OMH – Office of Mental Health

OMRDD – Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

ONCHIT – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

OPH – Office of Public Health

OPMC – Office of Professional Medical Conduct

OPO – Organ Procurement Organization

ORA – Orthopedic, Rehabilitation Association

OREF – Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation

ORHP – Office of Rural Health Policy

ORS – Orthopedic Research society

OSA – Optical Society of America

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSRD – Office of Scientific Research and Development

OTA – Office of Technology Assessment

OTA – Orthopedic Trauma Association

PCORI – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

PEAC – Pharmaceutical Education Advisory Committee

POG – Pediatric Oncology Group

POSNA – Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America

PSEF – Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

RCP – Royal College of Physicians

RSH – Royal Society of Health

RSM – Royal Society of Medicine

RSNA – Radiological Society of North America

RSTI – Radiological Service Training Institute

RT – Radiologic Technologist

RTOG – Radiation Therapy Oncology Group

RWJF – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, independent organization that studies and addresses health problems

SCAI – Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention

SGO – Society of Gynecologic Oncologist

SH – Society for Homeopathology

SHAEF – State Hospital Association Executives Forum

SHRPC – State Hospital Review and Planning Council

SHSMD – Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development

SMA – Society for Medical Anthropology

SOFA – State Office for the Aging

SPM – Society of Participatory Medicine

SSA – Social Security Administration

STS – Society of Thoracic Surgeons

TIGR – The Institute for Genomic Research

UNOS – United Network for Organ Sharing

USPHS – U.S. Public Health Service

VA – Veterans Administration

VNA – Visiting Nurse Association

WHO – World Health Organization