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1 Page 1 of 6 HIM Abbreviations ADVANCE explains what all those letters mean. ADVANCE explains what all those letters mean. 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. Know something we missed? Add it to our comments section below! 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 CAHIIM CCA business associate Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education certified coding associate, credential issued by AHIMA.

2 Page 2 of 6 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

3 Page 3 of 6 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 FTC FTEs Foundation of Research and Education, now referred to as the AHIMA Foundation Federal Trade Commission 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

4 Page 4 of 6 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, 9 th ed., Clinical Modification ICD th 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)

5 Page 5 of 6 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 Copyright 2010 Merion Matters 2900 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA Publishers of ADVANCE Newsmagazines

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