Home Care Acronyms

The following is a list of acronyms and abbreviations commonly used at CAHSAH, and throughout the home care industry.

AAH: American Association for Homecare
AARP: American Association of Retired Persons
AB: Assembly Bill
ABN: Advanced Beneficiary Notice
ACA: Affordable Care Act
ADLs: Activities of daily living
ADR: Additional document request
AHCACP: Advanced Home Care Administrator Certificate Program
ALJ: Administrative Law Judge
AMA: American Medical Association
AO: Accrediting Organization
ASA: American Society on Aging
ASAE: American Society of Association Executives

BBA: Balanced Budget Act of 1997
BCC: Blue Cross of California
BF: Beneficiary File
BLS: Basic Life Support
BRN: Board of Registered Nursing

CAHSAH: California Association for Health Services at Home
CAHF: California Association of Health Facilities
CAHP: California Association of Health Plans
Cal/OSHA: California Occupational Safety and Health Administration
CALA: California Assisted Living Association
CAMHC: California Accreditation Manual for Home Care
CAMPS: California Association of Medical Product Suppliers
CAPG: California Association of Physician Groups
CBO: Congressional Budget Office
CCI: Coordinated Care Initiative
CCLD: Community Care Licensing Division (of DSS)
CCS: California Children Services
CDC: Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention)
CE: Continuing education (credits)
CEU: Continuing education Unit(s)
CEWAER: California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research
CHA: California Hospital Association
CHAP: Community Health Accreditation Program
CHAPCA: California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
CHHA: Certified Home Health Aide
CLHF: Congregate Living Health Facility
CLIA: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act
CLTAC: Clinical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee
CLETS: California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
CMA: California Medical Association
CMN: Certificate of Medical Necessity
CMS: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CNA: Certified Nurse Assistant (or California Nurses Association)
COBRA: Congressional Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
CON: Certificate of need
CoP(s): (Medicare) Conditions of Participation
COTA: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CPCA: California Primary Care Association
CPI: Consumer price index
CR: Change Request (Medicare)
CSAE: California Society of Association Executives
CUSHCAP: California Unified Standards for Home Care Aide Professionals
CWF: Common Working File

DHCS: Department of Health Care Services (state)
DHHS: Department of Health and Human Services (federal)
DME: Durable Medical Equipment
DMEPOS: Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics and Orthotics Supplies
DMERC: Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier
DO: District office
DON: Director of Nursing
DPCS: Director of Patient Care Services
DPH: Department of Public Health
DRA: Domestic Referral Agency
DRG: Diagnosis-related group
DSS: Department of Social Services

ECP: Education & Conference Planning (Committee)
EDI: Electronic data interchange
ENP: Enteral Nutrition Product
EPC: Erroneous Payment Correction
EPSDT: Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
ERP: Extended Repayment Plan
ESRD: End Stage Renal Disease
ET: Enterostomal Therapist
EVS: Eligibility Verification System

F2F: Face to Face Encounter
FAMED: Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FI: Fiscal intermediary
FLSA: Fair Labor Standards Act
FMR: Focus Medical Review
FMV: Fair Market Value
FO: Field Operations
FY: Fiscal year
FR: Federal Register

GAO: General Accounting Office
GPO: Group Purchasing Organization

HAA: Hospice Association of America
HCA: Home care aide
HCAO: Home Care Aide Organization
HCAOA: Home Care Association of America
HCMCP: Home Care Managers Certificate Program
HCS: Home Care Summit
HHA: Home health agency
HHRG: Home health resource group
HHS: Department of Health & Human Services (see DHHS)
HHSSA: Home Health Services & Staffing Association
HIDA: Health Industry Distributors Association
HIP: Home infusion pharmacy
HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIS: Hospice Item Set
HME: Home medical equipment
HMO: Health maintenance organization

ICD: International Classification of Diseases
ICF: Intermediate Care Facility
IHO: In-home Operations (DHS)
IHSS: In-Home Supportive Services
IPS: Interim Payment System (or Interdisciplinary Professional Services)
IR: Inherent reasonableness
IWC: Industrial Welfare Commission
IV: Intravenous

JCAHO: Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (aka: The Joint Commission)

LCD: Local Coverage Determination
LFS: Laboratory Field Services (DPH)
LMRP: Local Medical Review Policy
LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurse
LTCF: Long Term Care Facility

MAC: Medicare Administrative Contractor
MCAC: Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee
MDR: Medical Device Retailer
MedPAC: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
MoU: Memorandum of Understanding
MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSN: Medicare Summary Notice
MSW: Medical Social Worker

NAHC: National Association for Home Care and Hospice
NAMES: National Association for Medical Equipment Services
NF: Nursing facility
NHPCO: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NLN: National League for Nursing
NLRB: National Labor Relations Board
NOU: Notice of Utilization
NPI: National Provider Identifier
NPRM: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NQF: National Quality Forum

OASIS: Outcomes and Assessment Information Set
OBQI: Outcome Based Quality Improvement
OBRA: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OCS: Outcome Concept Systems
OIG: Office of the Inspector General
OMB: Office of Management and Budget
ORT: Operation Restore Trust
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHPD: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
OT/OTR: Occupational therapist/registered

PAC: Political Action Committee
PACE: Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
PAPA: Policy, Advocacy & Public Affairs
PDE: Prescription Drug Event
PECOS: Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System
PIP: Periodic Interim Payment
PM: Program Memorandum
PPS: Prospective Payment System
PoC: Plan of care
PoT: Plan of Treatment
PPC: Pediatric Palliative Care
PPO: Preferred Provider Organization
PRO: Peer Review Organization
PRRB: Provider Reimbursement Review Board
PS&R: Provider Statistical & Reimbursement report
PTA: Physical Therapy Assistant
PT/RPT: Physical Therapist/RPT

QM: Quality management

RAC: Recovery Audit Contractor
RCFE: Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
RFP: Request for proposal
RHHI: Regional Home Health Intermediary
RO: Regional Office

SB: Senate Bill
SBA: Small Business Administration
SCG: Service Code Groupings
SEIU: Service Employees International Union
SMRC: Supplemental Medical Review Contractor
SMSA: Sacramento Metropolitan Statistical Area
SNF: Skilled nursing facility
SOC: Start of care
SP: Speech Pathologist
ST: Speech Therapist

TAR: Treatment Authorization Request
TIN: Tax Identification Number
TPF: Third Party File

UAP: Unlicensed assistive personnel
UPIN: Universal provider identification number

VBP: Value Based Purchasing
VNA: Visiting Nurse Association
VNAA: Visiting Nurse Association of America

WBT: Web Based Training
WI: Wage Index
ZPIC: Zone Program Integrity Contractor

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