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
ADLs: Activities of daily living
ADR: Additional development request
AFHCP: American Federation of Home Care Providers
AHCACP: Advanced Home Care Administrator Certificate Program
AMA: American Medical Association
ASA: American Society on Aging
ASAE: American Society of Association Executives

BBA: Balanced Budget Act of 1997
BCC: Blue Cross of California
BRN: Board of Registered Nursing

CAHSAH: California Association for Health Services at Home
CAHF: California Association of Health Facilities
Cal/OSHA: California Occupational Safety and Health Administration
CAMHC: California Accreditation Manual for Home Care
CAMPS: California Association of Medical Product Suppliers
CBO: Congressional Budget Office
CCLD: Community Care Licensing Division (of DSS)
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
CHAP: Community Health Accreditation Program
CHAPCA: California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
CHHA: Certified Home Health Aide
CLTAC: Clinical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee
CLETS: California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
CLIA: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act
CMA: California Medical Association
CMN: Certificate of Medical Necessity
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
CPI: Consumer price index
CSAE: California Society of Association Executives
CUSHCAP: California Unified Standards for Home Care Aide Professionals
CWF: Common Working File

DRGs: Diagnosis related groups
DHHS: Department of Health and Human Services (federal)
DHS: Department of Health Services (state)
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
DRG: Diagnosis-related group
DSS: Department of Social Services

ECP: Education & Conference Planning (Committee)
EDI: Electronic data interchange
EPSDT: Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
ERP: Extended Repayment Plan
ESRD: End Stage Renal Disease
ET: Enterostomal Therapist

FAMED: Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FI: Fiscal intermediary
FMR: Focus Medical Review
FY: Fiscal year

GAO: General Accounting Office
GEO: Group Purchasing Organization

HAA: Hospice Association of America
HCA: Home care aide
HCAA: Home Care Association of America
HCFA: Health Care Financing Administration
HCMCP: Home Care Managers Certificate Program
HCPCS: HCFA Common Procedure Coding System
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
HIM 11: Medicare Home Health Agency Manual
HIP: Home infusion pharmacy
HME: Home medical equipment
HMO: Health maintenance organization

IASD: Iowa and South Dakota (Blue Cross of Iowa/Wellmark)
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

LFS: Laboratory Field Services (DHS)
LMRP: Local Medical Review Policy
LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurse

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
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

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
PDGM: Patient Driven Groupings Model
PIP: Periodic Interim Payment
PM: Program Memorandum
PPS: Prospective Payment System
PoC: Plan of care
PoT: Plan of Treatment
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

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

SAHHA: Sacramento Area Home Health Association
SBA: Small Business Administration
SMSA: Sacramento Metropolitan Statistical Area
SNF: Skilled nursing facility
SOC: Start of care
SP: Speech Pathologist
ST: Speech Therapist

TAR: Treatment Authorization Request

UAP: Unlicensed assistive personnel
UPIN: Universal provider identification number
UHHDPCP: Uniform Home Health Database and Patient Classification Project

VNA: Visiting Nurse Association
VNAA: Visiting Nurse Association of America

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