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Common Acronyms

This list gives you the acronym and meaning about words and terms found throughout documents on this site. Links for the "definition" of the acronym are available for those included in our Glossary, as well as direct links to the websites of other agencies. To find an acronym, select its first letter and browse the list.

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PLEASE NOTE: Some acronyms may stand for more than one phrase.

Acronyms Meaning
AAA   Area Agency on Aging
AAALF   American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
AAC   Area Advisory Committee
AAH   American Association of Homecare
AAHP   American Association of Health Plans [Direct Link]
AAHSA   American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
AAIDD   American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AAMC   Association of American Medical Colleges
AAMR   American Association on Mental Retardation
AAPCC   Adjusted Average Per Capita Cost
AARP   American Association of Retired Persons [Direct Link]
AASA   Aging and Adult Services Administration
AAUAP   American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
ABCD   Americans for Better Care of the Dying [Direct Link]
ABN   Advance Beneficiary Notice
AC   Alternative Care
ACCS   Assistive Community Care Services
ACDD   Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
ACE   Acute Care for Elders
ACEP   American College of Emergency Physicians
ACF   -- Administration for Children and Families
-- Alternative Care Facility
ACHCA   American College of Health Care Administrators [Direct Link]
ACHE   Admission Clearinghouse Enterprise
ACLF   -- Adult Congregate Living Facility
-- Assisted Care Living Facility
ACO   Accountable Care Organization
ACOVE   Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders
ACP   Advance Care Planning
ACS   -- American Community Survey
-- Assistive Care Services
ACT   Assertive Community Treatment
ACTION   Advocates Committed to Improving Our Nursing
ACTS   ASPEN Compaints/Incidents Tracking System
ACYF`   HHS Administration for Children, Youth and Families
AD   -- Advance Directive
-- Alzheimer's Disease
ADA   -- Aged/Disabled Adult waiver
-- American Dental Association
-- Americans with Disabilities Act
ADAPT   Alzheimer's Disease Anti-Inflammatory Prevention Trial
ADC   -- AAHSA Development Corporation
-- Adult Day Care
ADD   -- Administration on Developmental Disabilities
-- Attention Deficit Disorder
Add Health   National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
ADEA   Age Discrimination in Employment Act
ADH   Arkansas Department of Health
ADHD   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADI   Alzheimer's Disease Initiative
ADL   Activity of Daily Living
ADR   Adverse Drug Reaction
ADRD   Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Disorder
ADS   Automated Discharge Summary
ADSA   Aging and Disability Services Administration
ADT   Admission, Discharge, Transfer
AE   Adaptive Environment
AEM   ASPEN Enforcement Module
AFC   Adult Foster Care
AFCARS   Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
AFCH   -- Adult Family-Care Home
-- Adult Foster Care Home
AFDC   Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFH   -- Adult Family Home
-- Adult Foster Home
AFMC   Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
AGH   Adult Group Home
AGI   Adjusted Gross Income
AHA   American Hospital Association
AHC   Academic Health Centers
AHCA   -- Agency for Health Care Administration
-- American Health Care Association
AHCCCS   Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
AHCPR   HHS Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
AHEAD   Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old
AHEC   Area Health Education Center
AHIC   American Health Information Community
AHIMA   American Health Information Management Association [Direct Link]
AHRQ   HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (previously the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research)
AHS   American Housing Survey
AIDS   Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIG   American International Group
AIME   Average Indexed Monthly Earning
AIP   Annual Implementation Plan
AK   Alaska
AL   Alabama
AL+   Assisted Living Plus
AL/RC   Assisted Living/Residential Care
ALC   Assisted Living Community
ALE   Assisted Living for the Elderly waiver
ALF   Assisted Living Facility
ALFA   Assisted Living Federation of America
ALP   Assisted Living Program
ALR   Assisted Living Residence
ALR-RC   Assisted Living Residence-Residential Care
ALR-SRHC   Assisted Living Residence-Supported Residential Health Care
ALS   Assisted Living Score
ALSA   Assisted Living Service Agency
ALTCS   Arizona Long-Term Care Systems
ALU   Assisted Living University
ALW   Assisted Living Workgroup
ALWPP   Assisted Living Waiver Pilot Project
AMA   American Medical Association
AMCRA   American Managed Care and Review Association
AMDA   American Medical Directors Association
AMSO   American Medical Specialty Organization [Direct Link]
ANA   -- Administration for Native Americans
-- American Nurses Association
AND   Allow Natural Death
HHS Administration on Aging [Direct Link]
APA   American Psychological Association
APC   Ambulatory Payment Classification
APD   Agency for Persons with Disabilities
APDRG   All Patient Diagnosis Related Group
APHA   American Public Health Association [Direct Link]
APM   Alternative Payment Methodology
APS   Adult Protective Services
APWA   American Public Welfare Association
AQ   Administrator Questionnaire
AR   Arkansas
ARC   -- AIDS Related Complex
-- Associated for Retarded Citizens
ARF   Area Resource File
ARM   Administrative Rules of Montana
ASA   -- American Society on Aging
-- Approved Service Agency
ASAP   Aging Services Access Point
ASCU   Alzheimer's Special Care Unit
ASL   American Sign Language
ASO   Administrative Services Organization
ASP   Application Service Provider
ASPE   HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [Direct Link]
ASPEN   Automated Survey Processing Environment
ASPR   Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
ASTCDPD   Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors
AT   Assistive Technology
ATAC   Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
ASTHO   Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ATSDR   Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
ATUS   American Time Use Survey
AWP   Average Wholesale Price
AZ   Arizona
AZT   Azidothymidine
B&B   Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
B&C   Board and Care
BBA   Balanced Budget Act
BBRA   Balanced Budget Refinement Act
BCBS   BlueCross Blue Shield
BCU   Background Check Unit
BDS   Maine Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services
BEA   Bureau of Economic Analysis
BHO   Behavioral Health Care Organization
BHP   Behavioral Health Plan
BIA   Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIPA   Benefits Improvement and Protection Act
BIW   Brain Injury Waiver
BJBC   Better Jobs Better Care
BJS   Bureau of Justice Statistics
BLS   Bureau of Labor Statistics
BLSA   Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging
BMI   Body Mass Index
BOE   Basis of Eligibility
BPS   Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
BRASS   Blaylock Discharge Risk Assessment Screen
BRFSS   Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
BSCI   Basic Supplement Criteria Inventory
BSCIP   Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program
BxRHIO   Bronx Regional Health Information Organization
C-II   Schedule 2 Controlled Substances
CA   -- California
-- Clinically Active
CAC   Clinical Application Coordinator
CADR   Ryan White CARE Act Data Report
CAH   Critical Access Hospital
CAHMI   Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
CAHPS   Consumer Assessment of Health Plans
CAHSA   California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
CAP   -- College of American Pathologists
-- Community Alternatives Program
CAP/DA   Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults
CAPTA   Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
CARE   -- Client Assessment Referral Evaluation
-- Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation
-- Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act
CARES   Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long Term Care Services
CARF   -- Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
-- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
-- Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CARS   Community Awareness and Relocation Services
CATI   -- Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview
-- Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing
CBA   Community-Based Alternative
Clinical Baseline Assessment Instrument
CBO   -- Community-Based Organization
-- Congressional Budget Office
CBRF   Community-Based Residential Facility
CBS   Community-Based Services
CC   Coordinating Center
CCA   Cost Consequence Analysis
CCAD   Community Care for Aged and Disabled
CCB   Community Centered Board
CCCI   Community Caregiving Capacity Index
CCD   Continuity of Care Document
CCE   Community Care for the Elderly
CCHIT   -- Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
-- Certification Committee for Healthcare Information Technology
CCLC   Continuing Care Leadership Coalition
CCPED   Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled
CCR   Continuity of Care Record
CCRC   -- Continuing Care Retirement Community
-- Continuous Care Retirement Community
CD   Consumer Directed
CDA   Clinical Document Architecture
CDBG   Community Development Block Grant
CDC   HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDDO   Community Developmental Disabilities Organization
CDDP   Community Developmental Disability Program
CDF   Childrens Defense Fund
CDPAP   Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program
CD-PAS   Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Service
CDR   Clinical Data Repository
CDS   Center for Demographic Studies
CDSS   -- Clinical Decision Support System
-- Clinical Decision-Support System
CE   -- Consumer Expenditure Survey
-- Customized Employment
CEA   Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
CEO   Chief Executive Officer
CEOSC   Comprehensive Employment Opportunities Support Center
CERC   -- Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center
-- Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
CESSI   Cherry Enginneering Support Solutions, Inc.
CETA   Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1974
CFC   Choices for Care
CFLA   Community and Family Living Amendment
CforAT   Center for Accessible Technology [Direct Link]
CFR   Code of Federal Regulations
CHAMPUS   Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
CHAMPVA   Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
CHAP   -- Children's Hospital AIDS Program
-- Community Health Assessment Program
CHC   Community Health Center
CHCS   Center for Health Care Strategies [Direct Link]
CHEC   Community Health Environment Checklist
CHES   Caregiver Health Effects Study
CHF   Congestive Heart Failure
CHI   Consolidated Health Informatics
CHIEF   Craig Hospital Inventory of Environmental Factors
CHIP   Children's Health Insurance Program
CHIS   California Health Interview Survey
CHMIS   Community Health Management Information Systems
CHR   Community Health Record
CHS   Cardiovascular Health Study
CHSPR   Center for Health Services and Policy Research
CHSR   Center for Health Services Research
CHSRA   Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis
CHSRP   Center for Health Services Research and Policy
CICS   Customer Information Control System
CIL   Center for Independent Living
CIO   Chief Information Officer
CIP   Community Integration Program
CIS   Clinical Information System
CISS   Community Integrated Service Systems
CJTG   Critical Jobs Training Grant
CLASS waiver   -- Community Living Assistance and Support Services waiver
-- Community Living Assistance Services and Supports waiver
CLIA   Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act
CLTC   Community Long-Term Care
CMA   -- Community Medical Associates
-- Cost Minimization Analysis
CME   Continuing Medical Education
CMHC   Community Mental Health Center
CMHS   Center for Mental Health Services
CMHSP   Community Mental Health Service Program
CMO   Care Management Organization
CMP   -- Civil Monetary Penalty
-- Competitive Medical Plan
CMR   Computerized Medical Record
CMS   HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (previously the Health Care Financing Administration)
CMWF   Commonwealth Fund
CNA   -- Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant
-- Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant
CNPI   Checklist of Nonverbal Pain Indicators
CNS   Community Nurse Service
CO   Colorado
COB   Coordination of Benefits
COBRA   Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
COD   Children of the Depression cohort
COI   Cost of Illness Analysis
COLA   -- Cost of Living Adjustment
-- Cost of Living Allowance
CON   Certificate of Need
CONQUEST   Computerized Needs-oriented Quality Measurement Evaluation System
CONTAC   Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center
-- Community Options Program
-- Condition of Participation
COP-W   Community Options Program Waiver
COPD   -- Cardiopulmonary Disease
-- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPE   Caregivers' Out-of-Pocket Expense Survey
COPES   Community Options Program Entry System
CORE   Coalition of Organizations to Reform Eldercare
COTS   Commercial-Off-The-Shelf
CPAC   Competitive Pricing Advisory Committee
CPCH   Comprehensive Personal Care Home
CPI   Consumer Price Index
CPOE   -- Computer-based Provider Order Entry
-- Computerized Physician/Provider Order Entry
CPP   Care Provider Profile
CPQ   Care Provider Questionnaire
CPR   -- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
-- Center for Policy Research
-- Customary, Prevailing, and Reasonable
CPRS   Computer-based Patient Record System
CPS   -- Child Protective Services
-- Cognitive Performance Scale
-- Current Population Survey
CPSC   Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPST   Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment
CPT   Current Procedural Terminology
CPT-4   Current Procedural Terminology, Fourth Edition
CR   Care Recipient
CRC   Community Rating by Class
CRCF   Community Residential Care Facility
CRCS   Center for Residential and Community Services
CRF   Community Residential Facility
CRpac   Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination Program
CRS   Congressional Research Service
CSAP   Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
CSAT   Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
CSC   Computer Science Corporation
CSE   Office of Child Support Enforcement
CSHCN   Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSHP   Center for State Health Policy
CSLA   Community Supported Living Arrangements
CSP   Community Supports Program
CSW   -- Community Support Waiver
-- Comprehensive Supports Waiver
CT   -- Clinically Trained
-- Connecticut
CTEP   California Training and Education Provider
CTI   Caregiver Training Initiative
CVA   -- Cerebral Vascular Accident
-- Cerebrovascular Accident
CWLA   Child Welfare League of America
DAAS   Division of Aging and Adult Services
Department of Aging and Disabilities
DADS   -- Department of Aging and Developmental Disabled Services
-- Department of Aging and Developmental Services
DAF   Data Abstraction Form
DAIL   Department of Disabilities and Independent Living
DALTCP   HHS Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
DBC   Deaconess Billings Clinic
DBHR   Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
DBNA   Data Base News in Aging
DBTAC   Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
DC   -- District of Columbia
-- Washington, D.C.
DCA   Direct Care Alliance [Direct Link]
DCC   Data Collection Coordinator
DCCT   Diabetes Control and Complications Trail
DCOHCF   District of Columbia Office of Health Care Financing
DCWI   Direct Care Workers' Initiative
DD   -- Developmental Disability
-- Developmentally Disabled
DDA   Developmental Disabilities Administration
DDP   Developmental Disabilities Profile
DDRC   Developmental Disabilities Resource Center [Direct Link]
DDS   Division of Disability Services
DDSD   Developmental Disability Services Division
DDSPD   Office of Developmental Disability Services Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
DDSS   Denver Department of Social Services
DE   Delaware
DEC   Data Entry Clerk
DEd   Department of Education
DEHPG   Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group
DES   Diethylstilbestrol
DESC   Downtown Emergency Service Center
DH   Disability and Health
DHCA   Department of Housing and Community Affairs
DHCPF   Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing
DHFS   Department of Health and Family Services
DHHS   Department of Health and Human Services [Direct Link]
DHMC   Denver Health Medical Center
DHMH   Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
DHS   -- Department of Health Services
-- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
-- Department of Human Services
DHSS   -- Department of Health and Senior Services
-- Department of Health and Social Services
DI   Disability Insurance
DIA   Department of Inspections and Appeals
DMAHS   Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
DMAS   Department of Medical Assistance Services
DME   -- Disposable Medical Equipment
-- Durable Medical Equipment
DMH   -- Department of Mental Health
-- Division of Mental Health
DMR   Department of Mental Retardation
DMRS   Division of Mental Retardation Services
DMS   Division of Medical Services
DNAR   Do Not Attempt Resuscitation
DNR   Do Not Resuscitate
DoE   Department of Education
DOEA   Department of Elder Affairs
DOH   Department of Health
DoJ   U.S. Department of Justice
DOL   U.S. Department of Labor
DON   -- Determination of Need
-- Director of Nursing
DORS   Division of Rehabilitation Services
DPA   Diversified Placement Approach
DPAHC   Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
DPH   Department of Public Health
DPOA   Durable Power of Attorney
DPW   Department of Public Welfare
DQA   Division of Quality Assurance
DQR   Data Quality Report
DRA   Deficit Reduction Act
DRG   -- Diagnostic Related Group
-- Diagnosis Related Group
-- Diagnosis-Related Group
DRI   Dietary Reference Intake
DRS   Division of Rehabilitation Services
DSH   Disproportionate Share Hospital
DSHS   Department of Social and Health Services
DSM   Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
DSMB   Direct-to-Consumer Advertisting
DSPD   Division of Services for People with Disabilities
DSS   Department of Social Services
DTC  Direct to Consumer
DUR   Drug Utilization Review
DVR   Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
E-ARCH   Extended Adult Residential Care Home
e-HIE   Electronic Health Information Exchange
e-MAR   Electronic Medication Administration Record
e-TAR   Electronic Treatment Administration Record
EAO   External Affairs Officer
EAP   Employee Assistance Plan
EARC   Enhanced Adult Residential Care
EB   Early Boomers
EBM   Evidenced-Based Medicine
EBP   Evidence-Based Practice
ECC   Extended Congregate Care
ECCLI   Extended Care Career Ladder Initiative
ECF   Extended Care Facility
ECHO   Enhanced Community and Homecare Option
ECIN   Extended Care Information Network
ECLS   Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey
ECO   Enhanced Community Options
ECT   Electroconvulsive Therapy Treatment
ED   -- U.S. Department of Education
-- Emergency Department
EDD   Employment Development Department
EDI   Electronic Data Interchange
EFI   Electronic File Interchange
EHIS   Electronic Health Information System
EHIT   Emerging Health Information Technologies
EHP   Enriched Housing Program
EHR   Electronic Health Record
EHR-S   EHR System
EIS   Electronic Information System
EITC   Earned Income Tax Credit
EMR   Electronic Medical Record
EMS   Emergency Medical Services
EMTALA   Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
EN   Employment Network
ENCC   Exceptional Needs Care Coordinator
ENP   Elderly Nutrition Program
EOEA   Executive Office of Elder Affairs
EP   Eligible Professional


-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
-- Exclusive Provider Arrangement
EPC   Evidence-based Practice Center
EPIC   Evaluation of Practice in Care
EPSDT   Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment program
ER   Emergency Room
ERC   Enhanced Residential Care
ERISA   Employee Retirement Income Security Act
ERS   Economic Research Service
ES   Employment Specialist
ESRD   End Stage Renal Disease
ET   Expenditure Target
ET CHOICES   Employment and Training Choices Supported Work Program
ETA   Employment and Training Administration
ETP   Employment Training Panel
EVR   Enhanced Vocational Rehabilitation
EXSPED   Expanded Service Payments for Elderly and Disabled program
FA   Fiscal Agent
FAAST   Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology
FACCT   Foundation for Accountability
FAEP   Federal Advisory Expert Panel
FAET   Federal Adverse Events Task Force
FAHA   Florida Association of Homes for the Aging
FALA   Florida Assisted Living Association
FAQ   Frequently Asked Questions
FARS   Fatality Analysis Reporting System
FAST   Functional Assessment Staging Criteria
FBI   U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBR   Federal Benefit Rate
FCA   Family Caregiver Alliance [Direct Link]
FDA   HHS Food and Drug Administration
FDB   First DataBank
FDLE   Florida Department of Law Enforcement
FEHBP   Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
FEMA   U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFP   Federal Financial Participation
FFS   -- Fee For Service
-- Fee-For-Service
FHA   Fair Housing Act
FI   Fiscal Intermediary
FIA   Family Independence Agency
FICAP   Firearm Injury Center at Penn
FICC   Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
FICS   Family and Individual Consultation and Support
FIM   Functional Independence Measure
FIP   Family Independence Program
FL   Florida
FLiCRA   Florida Life Care Residents' Association
FLSA   Fair Labor Standards Act
FLTCIP   -- Federal Employees' Long-Term Care Insurance Program
-- Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program
FMAP   Federal Medical Assistance Percentage
FMLA   Family and Medical Leave Act
FPCG   Female Primary Caregiver
FPECA   Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
FPL   Federal Poverty Level
FPO   Future Purchase Option
FQHC   Federally Qualified Health Center
FSA   Family Support Administration
FSII(R)   Functional Status Rating Scale
FSL   Family and Supported Living
FSW   Family Support Waiver
FT   Full-Time
FTC   Federal Trade Commission
FTE   -- Full Time Employee
-- Full Time Equivalent
FY   Fiscal Year
G-tube   Gastrostomy Tube
GA   -- General Assistance
-- Georgia
GAAP   Generally Acceppted Accounting Principles
GAFC   Group Adult Foster Care
GAIN   Greater Avenues for Independence
GAO   -- U.S. General Accounting Office (now the U.S. Government Accountability Office)
-- U.S. Government Accountability Office (previously the U.S. General Accounting Office)
GEC   Geriatrics and Extended Care
GED   General Educational Development/General Equivalency Diploma
GEE   Generalized Estimating Equation
GEM   Geriatrics Evaluation and Measurement unit
GeMCRIS   Genetic Modification Clinical Research Information System
GHAA   Group Health Association of America
GIC   General Insurance Commission
GIS   Geographic Information System
GME   Graduate Medical Education
GNP   Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
GPCI   Geographic Practice Cost Indexes
GRH   Group Residential Housing
GST   Group Skills Training
GUI   Graphical User Interface
GVF   General Variance Function
GWU   George Washington University
H&P   History And Physical
HAA   Hospice Association of America
HAN   Healthy Aging Network
HBPC   Hospital-Based Primary Care
HCB   Home and Community-Based Care Waiver
HCB-DD waiver   Home and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled waiver
HCBS   Home and Community-Based Services
HCE   Home Care for the Elderly
HCFA   HHS Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
HCPCS   Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System
HCPR   University of Colorado Division of Health Care Policy and Research
HCS   -- Home and Community-based Service
-- Home and Community-based Services program
HCS-O waiver   Home and Community-Based Services OBRA waiver
HCUP QIs   Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Quality Indicators
HDS   Health Delivery System
HECM   Home Equity Conversion Mortgage
HEDIS   Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set
HERO   Homecare Empowerment, Research and Organizing
HFAM   Health Facilities Association of Maryland
HFD   Health Facilities Division
HFMA   Healthcare Financial Management Association
HHA   Home Health Agency
HHABN   Advance Beneficiary Notice for Home Health Care Services
HHANES   Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
HHC   Health and Hospitals Corporation
HHRG   Home Health Resource Group
HHS   -- Health and Human Services
-- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [Direct Link]
HHSC   Health and Human Services Commission
HI   -- Hawaii
-- Hospital Insurance
HIAA   Health Insurance Association of America [Direct Link]
HIC   Health Insurance Claim
HID   Health Improvement Division
HIE   Health Information Exchange
HIEN   Health Information Exchange Network
HIFA   Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability
HIMSS   -- Health Information and Management Systems Society
-- Health Information Management Systems Society
HIPAA   Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPC   Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative
HIS   Health Insurance Study
HISKEW   Health Insurance Skeleton Eligibility Write-off
HIT   Health Information Technology
HITSP   Health Information Technology Standards Panel
HIV   Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HL7   Health Level Seven (7)
HMC   Health Management Consultants
HMO   -- Health Maintenance Organization
-- Health Management Organization
-- Healthcare Management Organization
HMSA   Health Manpower Shortage Area
HOPE   Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (also known as Project HOPE)
HOS   Medicare Health Outcomes Survey
HP   Hewlett-Packard
HP2010   Health People 2010
HPRD   Hours Per Resident Day
HRA   -- Health Risk Appraisal
-- Human Resources Administration
HRCA   Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged
HRQL   Health-Related Quality of Life
HRS   -- Health and Retirement Study
-- Health and Retirement Survey
HRSA   -- Health and Retirement Savings Accounts
-- Health Resources and Services Administration
HSA   -- Health Savings Account
-- Health Systems Agency
HSLS   High School Longitudinal Study
HSP   Health Systems Plan
HSRA   Human Subject Research Subcommittee
HSRI   Human Services Research Institute
HTA   Health Technology Assessment
HUD   U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
I&DD   -- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
-- Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities
I&R   Information and Referral
IA   Iowa
IAA   Intra-Agency Agreement
IADL   Instrumental Activity of Daily Living
IAHSA   Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
IBC   -- Institutional Biosafety Committee
-- International Building Code
ICA   Iowa Caregivers Association
ICAP   Inventory for Client and Agency Planning
ICD-9-CM   International Classification of Diseases, ninth edition (Clinical Modification)
ICDR   Interagency Committee on Disability Research
ICE   International Collaborative Effort
ICF   -- Intermediate Care Facility
-- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
-- Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation
-- Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
ICIDH   International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities, and Handicaps
ICNP   International Classification of Nursing Practice
ICP   Institutional Care Program
ICS   Informal Caregiver Supplement
ICU   Intensive Care Unit
ID   Idaho
IDEA   Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDR   Informal Dispute Resolution
IEP   Individualized Education Plan
IES   Institute of Education Sciences
IFAS   Institute for the Future of Aging Services
IFMC   Iowa Foundation for Medical Care
IFS   Individual and Family Support
IGCLTC   Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care
IHC   Intermountain Health Care
IHCA   Iowa Health Care Association
IHIE   Indiana Health Information Exchange
IHPS   Institute for Health Policy Solutions [Direct Link]
IHSS   In-Home Supportive Services
IJO   Investment in Job Opportunities
IL   Illinois
ILC   Independent Living Center
ILP   Independent Living Partnership
ILRU   Independent Living Research Utilization [Direct Link]
ILTC   Institutional Long-Term Care
ILTCP   Inventory of Long-Term Care Places
ILTCRP   Inventory of Long Term Care Residential Places
IMD   -- Institution for Mental Disease
-- Institution of Mental Disease
IMSA   Insurance Marketplace Standards Association
IN   Indiana
INPC   Indianapolis Network for Patient Care
IO waiver   Individual Options waiver
IoG   Institute of Gerontology
Institute of Medicine
IPC   National Medical Expenditure Survey, Institutional Population Component
IPF   Inpatient Psychiatric Facility
IPPE   Initial Preventive Physical Examination
IPR   Independent Professional Review
IPS   -- Individual Placement and Support
-- Individualized Placement and Support
-- Interim Payment System
IPV   Intimate Partner Violence
IRA   Individual Retirement Account
IRB   Institutional Review Board
-- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument
-- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility-Patient Assessment Instrument
IRS   Internal Revenue Service
ISN   -- Integrated Service Networks
-- Intense Skilled Nursing
ISO   Intermediary Services Organization
ISP   -- Individual Support Plan
-- Individualized Service Plan
ISSA   International Social Security Administration
IT   Information Technology
IV   Intravenous
IU   Indiana University
IUF   Internal Use File
JACC   Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving
JAMA   Journal of the American Medical Association [Direct Link]
JCAHO   -- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
-- Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
JCARR   Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review
JEOA   Journalists Exchange on Aging
JFO   Joint Field Office
JHHA   Jewish Home and Hospital Agency
JHHLS   Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System
KAHSA   Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
KEN   Knowledge Exchange Network
KS   Kansas
KY   Kentucky
L&C   Licensing and Certification
LA   Louisiana
LAH waiver   Living At Home waiver
LAN   Local Area Network
LC   Licensed Counselor
LDS   Limited Data Set
LEIE   List of Excluded Individuals/Entities
LMA   Limited Medication Administration
LMH   Limited Mental Health
LMS   Lifetime Maximum Structure
LN   -- Licensed Nurse
-- Licensed Nursing
LNS   Limited Nursing Service
LOC   Level of Care
LOINC   Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes
LOS   Length of Stay
LPN   Licensed Practical Nurse
LRA   Laguna Research Associates
LSIA   Life Satisfaction Index A
LSOA   Longitudinal Study of Aging
LTAC   Long-Term Acute Care
LTC   Long-Term Care
LTCFM   Long-Term Care Financing Model
LTCI   Long-Term Care Insurance
LTC PSU   Long-Term Care Primary Sampling Units
LTC NR PSU   Long-Term Care Non-Self Representing Primary Sampling Units
LTC SR PSU   Long-Term Care Self-Representing Primary Sampling Units
LTCCS   Long Term Care Consultation Service
LVG   Lexical Variant Generator
LVN   Licensed Vocational Nurse
M+C   Medicare+Choice
M&E   Management and Evaluation
MA   -- Massachusetts
-- Medicare Advantage
MAA   Medical Assistance to the Aged
MAC   Medicare Administrative Contractor
MACIL   Michigan Association of Centers for Independent Living
MADL   Mobility Activity of Daily Living
MANPHA   Mid-Atlantic Non-Profit Health and Housing Association
MAO   Medicare Advantage Organization
MAR   Medication Administration Record
MAS   Maintenance Assistance Status
MB   Mid-Boomers
MC   Managed Care
MCARE   National Clearinghouse on Managed Care and Long-Term Supports and Services for People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families [Direct Link]
MCBS   Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey
MCO   Managed Care Organization
MCS   Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
MD   -- Doctor of Medicine
-- Maryland
MDCH   Michigan Department of Community Health
MDCP   Medically Dependent Children's Program
MDS   -- Managed Delivery System
-- Minimum Data Set
MDS-ALS   Minimum Data Set-Assisted Living Services
ME   Maine
MedPAC   Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
MEPS   Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
MFCU   Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
MFP   Money Follows the Person
MFT   Marriage and Family Therapist
MGH   Massachusetts General Hospital
MH   Mental Health
MHA   Mental Health Authority
MHBG   Mental Health Block Grant
MHCC   Maryland Health Care Commission
MHHA   Montefiore Home Health Agency
MHMA   Mental Health Management of America
MHRA   Minnesota Human Rights Act
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
MI   -- Michigan
-- Myocardial Infarction
MiCDA   University of Michigan, Center on the Demography of Aging [Direct Link]
MIG   Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
MIN   Moving Ideas Network
MIPPA   Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act
MIS   -- Management Information System
-- Medicaid Information Service
-- Medical Information System
MLN   Medicare Learning Network
MLTC   Managed Long-Term Care
MMA   Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act
MMIS   Medicaid Management Information System
MMSE   Mini-Mental State Examination
MN   Minnesota
MO   Missouri
MOCDD waiver   Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities waiver
MOST   Michigan Opportunities Skills Program
MOU   Memorandum of Understanding
MPAF   Medicare PPS Assessment Form
MPFS   Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
MPI   Master Patient Index
MPPC   Maine Primary Partners in Caregiving
MPR   Mathematica Policy Research [Direct Link]
MQA   Medical Quality Assurance
MR   -- Medical Review
-- Mental Retardation [Direct Link]
-- Mentally Retarded
MR/DD   -- Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities
-- Mentally Retarded and Other Developmental Disabilities
MRC   -- Managed Residential Community
-- Medicare Rights Center [Direct Link]
MREP   Medicare Remit Easy Print
MRHFP   Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
MRI   -- Medical Records Institute
-- Myers Research Institute
MRLA   Mental Retardation Local Authority
MS   Mississippi
MSA   -- Metropolitan Statistical Area
-- Minnesota Supplemental Aid
MSHDA   Michigan State Housing Development Authority
MSHO   Minnesota Senior Health Options
MSO   Multi-Service Organization
MSQ   Mental State Questionnaire
MSIS   Medicaid Statistical Information System
MSPCA   Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
MSO   Managed Services Organization
MSQ   Mental Status Questionnaire
MT   Montana
MTE   maximum taxable earning
N4A   National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
NA   -- Not Applicable
-- Nurse Aide
-- Nurse Assistant
-- Nursing Assistant
NAC   National Advisory Council
NACCHO   National Association of City and County Health Officials
NACHRI   National Association of Childrens Hospitals and Related Institutions
NADDC   National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils [Direct Link]
NAHC   National Association for Home Care
NAIC   National Association of Insurance Commissioners [Direct Link]
NAMCS   National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NAPAS   National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
NAPHS   National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
NAS   National Academy of Sciences
NASDDDS   -- National Association of State Departments of Developmental Disability Services
-- National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
NASHP   National Academy for State Health Policy
NASMHPD   National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [Direct Link]
NASUA   National Association of State Units on Aging
NASW   National Association of Social Workers
NBER   National Bureau of Economic Research
NBS   National Beneficiary Survey
NC   North Carolina
NCAL   National Center for Assisted Living
NCANDS   National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
NCCC   National Chronic Care Consortium [Direct Link]
NCCNHR   National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
NCD   National Council on Disability [Direct Link]
NCDFS   North Carolina Division of Facility Services
NCDHHS   North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
NCEA   National Center on Elder Abuse
NCHCFA   North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association
NCHIT   National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
NCHS   HHS/CDC National Center for Health Statistics
NCHSD   National Consortium for Health Systems Development
NCHSR   National Center for Health Services Research
NCI   National Cancer Institute
NCMRR   National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
NCOA   National Council on the Aging [Direct Link]
NCQA   National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCRC   National Consortium and Resource Center
NCRF   National Center of Residential Facilities
NCRR   National Center for Research Resources
NCS   National Comorbidity Survey
NCS-A   National Comorbidity Survey for Adolescents
NCS-R   National Comorbidity Survey Replication
NCSBN   National Council of State Boards of Nursing
NCSL   National Conference of State Legislatures
NCVHS   National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
NCVS   National Crime Victimization Survey
ND   North Dakota
NDC   National Drug Code
NDI   National Death Index
NE   Nebraska
NEA   National Endowment for the Arts
NECLC   National Emergency Child Locator Center
NEISS-AIP   National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program
NELS   National Education Longitudinal Study
NF   Nursing Facility
NFCSP   National Family Caregiver Support Program
NGA   National Governors Association
NH   -- New Hampshire
-- Nursing Home
NHAMCS   National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NHANES   National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHATS   National Health and Aging Trends Study
NHC   Nursing Home Component
NHCS   National Health Care Survey
NHCU   Nursing Home Care Unit
NHD   Nursing Home Diversion waiver
NHDS   National Hospital Discharge Survey
NHES   National Household Education Survey
NHHCS   National Home and Hospice Care Survey
NHIC   National Health Information Center
NHII   National Health Information Infrastructure
NHIN   National Health Information Network
NHIS   National Health Interview Survey
NHIS-D   -- National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement
-- National Health Interview Survey on Disability
NHO   National Hospice Organization
NHOPP   National Hospice Outcomes Planning Project
NHRA   Nursing Home Reform Act
NHS   -- National Health Services
-- National Hospice Study
NHTSA   National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration
NIA   HHS/NIH National Institute on Aging
NIAAA   National Institute Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
NIBRS   National Incident-Based Reporting System
NIC   National Investment Conference
NIDA   National Institute of Drug Abuse
NIDRR   National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
NIFL   National Institute for Literacy
NIH   National Institutes of Health
NIMH   National Institute of Mental Health
NINR   National Institute for Nursing Research
NIS   National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect
NIS-2   Study of the National Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect of 1988
NISH   National Industries for the Severely Handicapped
NJ   New Jersey
NJ EASE   New Jersey Easy Access, Single Entry
NLTCS   National Long-Term Care Survey
NLM   National Library of Medicine
NLS   National Longitudinal Survey
NLSY   National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
NLSY79   National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979
NLSY97   National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997
NLTCS   National Long-Term Care Survey
NLTS   National Longitudinal Transition Study
NLTCS 2012   National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012
NLTCS2   National Longitudinal Transition Study 2
NM   New Mexico
NMCES   National Medical Care Expenditure Survey
NMCUES   National Medical Care Utilization and Expenditure Survey
NMES   National Medical Expenditures Survey
NMFS   National Mortality Followback Survey
NMHS   North Mississippi Health Services
NMMC   North Mississippi Medical Center
NNHS   National Nursing Home Survey
NORC   -- National Opinion Research Center
-- Naturally Occurring Retirement Community
NORS   National Ombudsman Reporting System
NOW   New Opportunities Waiver
NP   Nurse Practitioner
NPA   National PACE Association
NPI   Naitonal Provider Identifier
NPP   Non-Physician Practitioners
NPRM   Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NPSAS   National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
NQF   National Quality Forum
NR   Not Reported
NRA   Negotiated Risk Agreement
NRC-CWDT   National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
NRH   National Rehabilitation Hospital
NRH-RC   National Rehabilitation Hospital Research Center
NRI   National Research Institute
NRP   National Response Plan
NS   Not Specified
NS-CSHCN   National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
NSA   Notification of Study Admission
NSCF   National Survey of SSI Children and Families
NSCH   National Survey of Children's Health
NSCSL   National Senior Citizens Law Center
NSDUH   National Survey on Drug Use and Health
NSFH   National Survey of Families and Households
NSGA   National Senior Games Association
NSPO   National Study of Physician Organizations
NSRCF   National Survey of Residential Care Facilities
NSRF   National Survey of Residential Facilities
NSSATS   National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services
NSSCA   National Survey of Self Care and Aging
NSV   National Survey of Veterans
NTID   National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTIS   National Technical Information Service [Direct Link]
NTO   Not Taken Out
NTP   National Treatment Plan
NUD*IST   Non-numeric Unstructured Data, Index Searching and Theorizing
NV   Nevada
NVDRS   National Violent Death Reporting System
NVISS   National Violent Injury Statistics System
NY   New York
NYDoH   New York Department of Health
NYS   New York State
NYSED   New York State Education Department
OAA   Older Americans Act
OAS   Office of Applied Studies
OASDI   Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance
OASIS   Outcome and Assessment Information Set
OBA   Office of Biotechnology Activities
OBQI   Outcome-Based Quality Improvement
OBRA   Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OBTP   Outcomes-Based Treatment Planning
OCA   Office of Client Advocacy
OCESAA   Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act
OCR   Office of Civil Rights
ODEP   Office of Disability Employment Policy [Direct Link]
ODPHP   Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
ODS   Office on Disability Services
OECD   Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OFC   Oregon Fire Code
OH   Ohio
OHCDS   Organized Health Care Delivery Systems
OHCQ   Office of Health Care Quality
OHDS   Office of Human Development Services
OHIT   Office of Health Information Technology
OHP   Oregon Health Plan
OHRP   Office for Human Research Protections
OIG   HHS Office of the Inspector General
OIS   Office of Information Services
OK   Oklahoma
OK-WARN   Oklahoma Weather Alert Remote Notification
OLS   Ordinary Least Squares
OLTC   Office of Long Term Care
OMB   U.S. Office of Management and Budget
OMH   Office of Mental Health
OMR   Office of Mental Retardation
OMRS   Office of Mental Retardation Services
ONC   -- Office of the National Coordinator
-- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
OPAL   Online Psychology Alerting
OPHS   Office of Public Health Services
OPPD   Office for Persons with Physical Disabilities
OPT   Outpatient Physical Therapy
OR   Oregon
ORD   Office of Research and Demonstrations
ORS   Office of Regulatory Services
ORT   Operation Restore Trust
OSCAR   -- Online Survey and Certification Automated Record
-- Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting System
OSERS   Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OSHA   Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHPD   Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
OSP   Office of Social Programs
OSS   Optional State Supplementation
OSSC   Oregon Structural Specialty Care
OT   -- Occupational Therapist
-- Occupational Therapy
P&A   Protection and Advocacy
P4P   Pay-for-Performance
PA    -- Pennsylvania
-- Physician Assistant
PAC   Post-Acute Care
PACE   Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
PACS   -- Picture Archiving and Communication System
-- Picture Archiving Communications System
PACT   Programs for Assertive Community Treatment
PADL   Performance Activities of Daily Living Scale
PAHPA   Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act
PAI   Patient Assessment Instrument
PAL   -- Partners for Active Lifestyle
-- PTXT Application Language
PALS   Participation and Activity Limitation Survey
PARC   Practices and Resources Clearinghouse
PAS   -- Personal Assistance Service
-- Potential Advantages Score
-- Pre-Admission Screening
PASARR   Pre-Admission Screening and Annual Resident Review
PASP   Personal Assistance Services Program
PASS   Plans for Achieving Self Support
PATH   Pennsylvania Transition to Home
PBM   Pharmacy Benefit Manager
PBS   Public Broadcasting System
PC   -- Pastoral Counseling
-- Personal Care
-- Personal Computer
PCA   -- Personal Care Aide/Assistant/Attendant
-- Personal Care Alternatives
-- Personal Care Assistance
-- Philadelphia Corporation on Aging
PCC   -- Parent and Child Center
-- Primary Care Clinician
PCCM   Primary Care Case Management
PCH   Personal Care Home
PCP   -- Primary Care Physician
-- Primary Care Provider
PCRS   Patient Care Record System
PCS   Personal Care Service
PCSP   Provider Customer Service Program
PDA   -- Pennsylvania Department on Aging
-- Personal Digital Assistant
PDF   -- Portable Document File
-- Portable Document Format
PDS   Potential Disadvantages Score
PDUFA   Prescription Drug User Fee Act
PEACH   Positive Employment and Community Help
PEG tube   Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostromy Tube
PEP   Physicians Enhanced Program
PERS   Personal Emergency Response System
PETI   Post-Eligibility Treatment of Income
P/FDS waiver  
PFDS waiver  
Person and Family Direct Support waiver
PFI   Physical Functioning Inventory
PFTH   Program for the Handicapped
PGC   Philadelphia Geriatric Center
PHA   Public Housing Authority
PHEP   Public Health Emergency Preparedness
PHI   -- Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
-- Protected Health Information
PHP   Prepaid Health Plan
PHS   Public Health Service
PI   Principal Investigator
PIC   HHS Policy Information Center [Direct Link]
PIO   Public Information Officer
PIRS   Patient Index Reimbursement System
PMAP   Pre-paid Medical Assistance Program
PMHS   Public Mental Health System
PMRI   Patient Medical Record Information
PNA   Personal Needs Allowance
PNMI   Private Non-Medical Institution
PNS   Projects of National Significance
POC   -- Point Of Care
-- Point-of-Care
POLST   -- Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment
-- Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
POS   -- Place of Service
-- Point of Service
-- Provider of Service
PPA   Preferred Provider Arrangement
PPACA   Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
PPO   Preferred Provider Organization
PPS   Prospective Payment System
PQ   Partnership Qualified
PQRI   Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PREP   Preparedness, Enrichment, and Predictability
PRF   Public Residential Facility
PRI   -- Patient Referral Instrument
-- Patrice Review Instrument
PRN   Pro re nata (commonly used to mean "as needed" in Latin)
PRO   Peer Review Organization
ProPAC   Prospective Payment Assessment Commission
PRTF   Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
PRWORA   Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act
PSDA   Patient Self-Determination Act
PSID   Panel Study of Income Dynamics
PSO   Provider Sponsored Organization
PSR   -- Physical Status Review
-- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
PSU   -- Prescreening Unit
-- Primary Sampling Unit
PSUR   Periodic Safety Update Report
PT   -- Part-Time
-- Physical Therapist
-- Physical Therapy
PTA   Parent-Teacher Association
PUF   Public Use File
PUNS   Prioritization of Urgency and Need for Services
PVRP   Physician Voluntary Reporting Program
PVS   Permanent Vegetative State
PWA   People with HIV/AIDS
PWD   People with Disabilities
QA   Quality Assurance
QALY   Quality-Adjusted Life Year
QAN   Quality Assurance Nurse
QI   -- Quality Improvement
-- Quality Indicator
-- Qualified Individual
QIC   Quality Improvement Consultant
QIO   Quality Improvement Organization
QIP   Quality Improvement Project
Quality Improvement Program for Missouri
QM   -- Quality Matters
-- Quality Measure
QMB   Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
QMHP   Qualified Mental Health Professional
QPU   Quarterly Provider Update
QRS   Quality Reporting System
R&D   Research and Development
RAI   Resident Assessment Instrument
RAM   Reverse Annuity Mortgage
RAP   Resident Assessment Protocol
RBRVS   Resource-Based Relative Value Scale
RC   -- Related Condition
-- Residential Care
RCAC   Residential Care Apartment Complex
RCF   Residential Care Facility
RCFE   Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
RCH   Residential Care Home
RCHLA   Residential Care Home Licensing Act
RCI   Rosalynn Carter Institute
RCS   Residential Care Setting
RCT   Randomized Clinical Trial
REACH   Realizing Economic Achievement
RF   Rehabilitation Facility
RFID   Radio Frequency Identification
RFP   Request for Proposal
RFW   Residential Facility Waiver
RHC   Rural Health Clinic
RHIO   Regional Health Information Organization
RHORC   Regional Health Occupations Resource Center
RI   Rhode Island
RIA   Regulatory Impact Analysis
RIF   Research Identifiable File
RISP   Residential Information Systems Project
RN   Registered Nurse
RO   Regional Office
RPS   Representative Payee System
RR   Relative Risk
RRG   Risk Retention Group
RRT   Rapid Response Team
RSA   Rehabilitation Services Administration
RSN   Regional Support Network
RTAC   Research and Technical Assistance Center
RTC   -- Research and Training Center
-- Residential Treatment Center
RTC-MR&HP   Research and Training Center in Medical Rehabilitation and Health Policy
RTF   Residential Treatment Facility
RTI   Research Triangle Institute
RUG   Resource Utilization Group
RVU   Relative Value Unit
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [Direct Link]
SA   Special Assistance
SACHRP   Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections
SACRR   Secretary's Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform
SACWIS   Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System
SAMHSA   HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMM   Self-Administered Medication Management
SAPTBG   Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
SBA   Small Business Administration
SBHC   School-Based Health Center
SBHI   Small Business Health Insurance
SC   South Carolina
SCF   Survey of Consumer Finances
State Children's Health Insurance Program
SCI   Spinal Cord Injury
SCSEP   Senior Community Service Employment Program
SCU   Special Care Unit
SCU-A   Special Care Unit for Personson with Alzheimer's and Related Disorders
SD   South Dakota
SDO   Standards Development Organization
SDRI   San Diego Rehabilitation Institute
SDSD   Senior and Disabled Services Division
SDWP   Self-Determination Waiver Program
SE   Supported Employment
SEBHI   School Enrollment-Based Health Insurance
SED   Serious Emotional Disturbance
SEER   Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results
SEP   Service Entry Point
SFY   State Fiscal Year
SGA   -- Solicitation for Grant Application
-- Substantial Gainful Activity
SHCC   Statewide Health Coordinating Council
SHIP   State Health Insurance Assistance Programs
SHP   Specialized Health Plans
SHMO   Social Health Maintenance Organization
SHPDA   State Health Planning and Development Agency
SILJ   Survey of Inmates in Local Jails
SIP   Survey of Institutionalized Persons
SIPP   Survey of Income and Program Participation
SIS   Special Income Standard
SIFCF   Survey of Inmates of Federal Correctional Facilities
SISCF   Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities
SISCF/SIFCF   Survey of Inmates of State and Federal Correctional Facilities
SJ   Summary Judgment
SLF   Supportive Living Facility
SLMB   Specified Low-Income Medicaid Beneficiary
SLS   Support Living Services
SMA   Standard Metropolitan Area
SMHA   State Mental Health Agency
SMI   Serious Mental Illness
SMQT   Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test
SMWT   Self-Managed Work Team
SN   Skilled Nursing
SNAKE   Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees
SNCC   Schervier Nursing Care Center
SNDO   Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations
SNF   Skilled Nursing Facility
SNOMED   Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine
SNOMED-CT   Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms
SNU   Skilled Nursing Unit
SOA   Supplement on Aging
SPA   State Plan Amendment
SPD   -- Seniors and People with Disabilities
-- Summary Plan Description
-- Survey of Program Dynamics
SPED   Service Payments for Elderly and Disabled program
SPIA   Single-Premium Immediate Annuity
SPMSQ   Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire
SPR   Standard Paper Remittance
SPRY   Setting Priorities for Retirement Now [Direct Link]
SS/HS   Safe Schools/Healthy Schools
SSA   U.S. Social Security Administration
SSAW   Supports Services for Adults Waiver
SSB   SIPP Synthetic Beta
SSBG   Social Services Block Grant
SSC   Special Services for Children
SSDI   Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI   Supplemental Security Income
SSL   Social Service Law
SSN   Social Security Number
SSP   State Supplemental Payment
SUPPORT   Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments
SWPPA   Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnerships on Aging
T-TAP   Training and Technical Assistance for Providers
TA   Technical Assistance
TAG   Technical Advisory Group
TAHSA   Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
TAL   Tandem Application Language
TANF   Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TAR   Treatment Administration Record
TB   Tuberculosis
TBD   To Be Determined
TBI   Traumatic Brain Injury
TC   Trial Court
TCM   Targeted Case Management
TCU   Transitional Care Unit
TDHS   Texas Department of Human Services
TEFRA   Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act
TEP   Technical Expert Panel
TEPR   Towards the Electronic Paper Record
TESA   Training and Encouragement for Senior Activity
THCA   Texas Health Care Association
TIA   Transient Ischemic Attack
TILE   Texas Index for Level of Effort
TIP   Treatment Improvement Protocol
TIRR   The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
Title XIX   Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act)
TLC   Transition to Life in the Community
TLG   Through the Looking Glass
TN   Tennessee
TNH   Teaching Nursing Home
TOM   Task Order Monitor
TOO   Task Order Officer
TPN   Total Parenteral Nutrition
TSP   Thrift Savings Plan
TTW   Ticket to Work
TTY   -- Telephone Typerwriter
-- Teletypewriter
TWP   Trial Work Period
TWWIIA   Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act
TX   Texas
TxHL waiver   Texas Home Living waiver
UC   Utilization Control
UCDHSC   University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center
UCHSC   University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
UCLA   University of California, Los Angeles
UCR   Uniform Crime Report
UDS   United Disability Services
UHIN   Utah Health Information Network
UHINT   Utah Health Information Network Tool
UI   -- Unemployment Insurance
-- Urban Institute
UKPDS   United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study
UPIN   Unique Physician Identification Number
UR   Utilization Review
URAC   Utilization Review Accreditation Commission
USDA   U.S. Department of Agriculture
USF   University of Southern Florida
UT   Utah
UTI   Urinary Track Infection
VA   -- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (previously the U.S. Veterans Administration)
-- U.S. Veterans Administration (now the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
-- Virginia
VAMC   Veterans Affairs Medical Center
VAWA   Violence Against Women Act
VCIS   Voluntary Cooperative Information Systems
VIReC   VA Information Resource Center
VISN   Veterans Integrated Service Network
VistA   Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture
VNA   Visiting Nurse Association
VNS   Visiting Nurse Service
VNSNY   Visiting Nurse Service of New York
VOICES   Victory Over Impairments of Communication, Expression and Speech
VR   Vocational Rehabilitation
VR&E   Vocational Rehabilitation and Education
VSP   Vertical Service Provider
VT   Vermont
WA   Washington State
WAHSA   Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
WB   War Baby cohort
WBT   Web-Based Training
WCGA   Wisconsin Caregiver Association
WEARC   Waiver for the Elderly in Adult Residential Care
WETA   Worker Education, Training and Assistance
WHO   World Health Organization
WI   Wisconsin
WIA   Workforce Investment Act
WIB   Workforce Investment Board
WIC   Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children
WIN   Welfare Information Network
WLLLW   Women Living Long and Living Well
WLS   Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
WtW   Welfare-to-Work
WV   West Virginia
WY   Wyoming
YETP  Youth Employment and Training Program