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HIM Abbreviations

ADVANCE explains what all those letters mean.

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In HIM, there seems to be an abbreviation for everything--policies, agencies, rules and regulations--and you'll need a grasp on them before entering the field. Want to talk like a professional? Our quick guide to HIM acronyms below will help you impress contacts without making your head spin.

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AAPC

American Academy of Professional Coders

ACoS

American College of Surgeons

AHA

American Hospital Association

AHDI

Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity

AHIMA

American Health Information Management Association

AJCC

American Joint Committee on Cancer

AMA

American Medical Association

AMIA

American Medical Informatics Association

ANSI

American National Standards Institute

APCs

ambulatory payment classifications

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

ATA

American Transcription Association

BA

business associate

CAHIIM     Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

CCA

certified coding associate, credential issued by AHIMA.

CCHIT

Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology

CCI

Correct Coding Initiative, a Medicare initiative

CCS

certified coding specialist, credential issued by AHIMA.

CCS-P

certified coding specialist-physician based, credential issued by AHIMA.

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDI

clinical documentation improvement

CE

covered entity (also continuing education)

CHDA

certified health data analyst, credential issued by AHIMA

CHIM

Center for Healthcare Information Management

CHIME

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

CHP

certified in health care privacy, credential issued by AHIMA

CHPS

certified in health care privacy and security, credential issued jointly by AHIMA and HIMSS

CHS

certified in health care security, credential issued by HIMSS

CMT

certified medical transcriptionist, credential issued by AHDI

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CoC

Commission on Cancer

CPC

certified professional coder, credential issued by AAPC.

CPC-H

certified professional coder-hospital based, credential issued by AAPC.

CPEHR

certified professional in electronic health records

CPHQ

certified professional in health care quality

CPOE

computerized physician order entry

CPR

computerized patient record

CPRI

Computer-based Patient Records Institute

CPT

Current Procedural Terminology codes

CSA

component state association

CTR

certified tumor registrar, credential issued by NCRA

DRG

diagnosis-related group

EDMS

electronic document management system

e-HIM

electronic health information management, an AHIMA trademark

EHR

electronic health record

E/M

evaluation and management codes

EMR

electronic medical record

EPI

enterprise patient index

EPR

electronic patient record

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

FORE

Foundation of Research and Education, now referred to as the AHIMA Foundation

FTC     Federal Trade Commission

FTEs

full-time equivalents

HAC

hospital-acquired condition

HCCA

Health Care Compliance Association

HCPCS

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

HEDIS

Health Plan Employer Data Information Set

HHS

Department of Health and Human Services

HIE

health information exchange

HIM

health information management

HIMSS

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

HIT

health information technology

HITECH

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (part of ARRA)

HITSP

Health Information Technology Standards Panel

HMO

health maintenance organization

IC

independent contractor

ICD-9-CM

International Classification of Diseases, 9th ed., Clinical Modification

ICD-10

10th edition of the codeset

JCAHO

former reference to The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, now referred to as The Joint Commission

MAC

Medicare administrative contractor

MPI

master patient index

MRI

Medical Records Institute

MT

medical transcriptionist

MTIA

Medical Transcription Industry Association

MTSO

medical transcription service organization

NAACCR

North American Association of Central Cancer Registries

NCQA

National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCDB

National Cancer Data Base

NCRA

National Cancer Registrars Association

NCVHS

National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NHCAA

National Health Care Anti-fraud Association

NIH

National Institutes of Health

NPCR

National Program of Cancer Registries

OCR

Office of Civil Rights

OIG

Office of Inspector General (division of HHS)

ONCHIT

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

OPPS

outpatient prospective payment system

PACS

picture archiving and communications system

PHI

protected/personal health information

PHR

personal health record

POA

present on admission

PPO

preferred provider organization

PPS

prospective payment system

QA

quality assurance

RAC

recovery audit contractor

RHIA

registered health information administrator, credential issued by AHIMA

RHIO

regional health information organization

RHIT

registered health information technician, credential issued by AHIMA

RMT

registered medical transcriptionist, credential issued by AHDI

ROI

release of information (also return on investment in non-HIM settings)

RVU

relative value unit

RVS

relative value scale

SNOMED CT

Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED® is a division of the College of American Pathologists)

SRT

speech recognition technology

TEPR

Toward an Electronic Patient Record

VBC

virtual black character

 

 

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Hope MurphyJanuary 04, 2011
Corinth, MS




     

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