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List of Healthcare and Medical Acronyms/Abbreviations

Published: 2019-03-21 - Updated: 2023-07-15
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Synopsis: List of commonly used acronyms, short-forms, or abbreviations, mainly used across the general health care system in North America. The health care system is filled with acronyms that are used to write prescriptions, complete patient charts, staff communication, and billing services. Family care-giving and home health care is no different than any other health-care setting in terms of documentation laden with acronyms or abbreviations.

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One of the burdens of a new intern can be learning the abbreviated vocabulary - which might be more appropriately called hospital jargon. Much of this vocabulary consists of abbreviations of medical and scientific words...


Today's health care system is filled with acronyms (short-forms or abbreviations) that are used to write prescriptions, completing patient charts, staff communication, and billing services. Certain medical abbreviations are avoided to prevent mistakes, according to best practices (and in some cases regulatory requirements). Pronunciation of common medical acronyms follows convention outside the medical field, in which acronyms are often pronounced as if they were a word.

Family care-giving and home health care is no different than any other health-care setting in terms of documentation laden with acronyms or abbreviations. Listed below you will find a list of common acronyms used across the general health care system. The left column lists acronyms most commonly used, and the right column includes the meaning of the acronym - and/or additional details.

List of Acronyms Used in the Healthcare Field
A&O Alert and oriented
A&W Alive and well
AA Amino acid
AACOM American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
AAHAM American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management
AAHP American Association of Health Plans
AAPCC Average Adjusted Per Capita Cost
AARP American Association of Retired Persons
ABD Abdomen
ABG Arterial blood gas
ABN Advance beneficiary notice
ABX Antibiotics
AC Before meals
ACA Affordable Care Act
ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
ACHE American College of Healthcare Executives
ACI Advancing Care Information, also see meaningful use
ACIP Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
ACLS Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
ACO Accountable care organization
ACR Adjusted community rating
ACS American Cancer Society
ACS American College of Surgeons
ACU Ambulatory care unit
AD Right ear
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA American Diabetes Association
ADC Average daily census
ADHD Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADM Admission, admitted
ADPER Acute disease prevention and emergency response
ADS Alternative delivery system
AED Automated external defibrillator
AF Atrial fibrillation
AF Acid-fast
AGPA American Group Practice Association
AHA American Hospital Association
AHA American Heart Association
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AI Aortic insufficiency
AIDS Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AIIR Airborne infection isolation room
AL Left ear
ALJ Administrative law judge
ALOS Average length of stay
ALS Advanced life support
ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
AMA Against medical advice
AMA American Medical Association
AMCRA American Medical Care and Review Association
ANA American Nurses Association
ANP Advanced nurse practitioner
AOA American Osteopathic Association
AOB Alcohol on breath
AONE American Organization of Nurse Executives
APC Ambulatory Payment Classification
APG Ambulatory Patient Group
APHL Association of Public Health Laboratories
APM Alternative Payment Model
APR-DRG All payer refined diagnostic related group
ARC American Red Cross
ARDS Adult respiratory distress syndrome
ARF Acute renal failure, acute rheumatic fever
ART Accredited record technician
AS Aortic stenosis
ASAP As soon as possible
ASC Ambulatory Surgery Center
ASO Administrative services only contract
ASPE Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
ATLS Advanced trauma life support
AU Both ears
AUC Appropriate Use Criteria
AXR Abdominal x-ray
Abd. Abdominal
Ad lib At will, as desired
AAPM Advanced Alternative Payment Model
BAC Blood alcohol content
BAD Bipolar affective disorder
BBA Balanced Budget Act of 1997
BBRA Balanced Budget Relief Act of 1999
BC Birth control
BCAA Blue Cross Association of America
BCBSI Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa - Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
BE Barium enema
BHAI Behavioral Health Affiliate of Iowa
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BID Bis in dies (twice a day)
BIPA Benefits Improvement & Protection Act of 2000
BLS Basic life support
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
BM Bowel movement
BMD Bone mass density
BMI Body mass index
BMR Basal metabolism rate
BMT Bone marrow transplant
BP Blood pressure
BPCI Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative
BRP Bathroom privileges
BTLS Basic trauma life support
BUN Blood urea nitrogen
Bx Biopsy
C Centigrade, celsius
C/F Chills, fever
C/O Complains of, care of
C/S Cesarean section
CA Cancer
CAA Care area assessment
CAB Carotid artery bruit
CABG Coronary artery bypass graft
CAD Coronary artery disease
CADAC Certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor
CADE Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology
CAH Critical access hospital
CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CAM Complementary and alternative medicine
CAP Capsule
CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CAT Computerized axial tomography
CBC Complete blood count
CBD Common bile duct
CBF Cerebral blood flow
CBRNE Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive
CBSA Core based statistical area
CC Chief complaint
CC Cubic centimeter, chief complaint, critical care, complications, carbon copy
CCI Correct coding initiative
CCM Chronic care management
CCR Cost-to-charge ratio
CCU Cardiac care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
CDOR Center for disaster operations and response
CEHRT Certified Electronic Health Record Technology
CF Cystic fibrosis
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFT Complement fixation testing
CHA Catholic Health Association
CHAMPUS Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
CHAMPVA Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Veterans Administration
CHD Congenital heart disease
CHF Congestive heart failure
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CICU Cardiac intensive care unit
CIN Clinically Integrated Network
CIO Chief information officer
CIP Critical infrastructure protection
CIPI Capital input price index
CISM Critical incident stress management
CJR Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model
CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (1967)
CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (1988)
CMA Certified Medical Assistant
CME Continuing medical education
CMHC Community mental health center
CMI Case mix index
CMMI Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center)
CMP Competitive medical plan
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMT Certified Medication Technician
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
CNS Central nervous system
CO2 Carbon dioxide
COB Coordination of benefits
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985
COG Continuity of government
COI Certificate of Insurance
COLD Chronic obstructive lung disease
CON Certificate of Need
COOP Continuity of operations
COP Condition of participation
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CORF Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitative facility
CP Cerebral palsy
CP Chest pain
CPC+ Comprehensive Primary Care Plus
CPCI Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative
CPI Consumer price index
CPIA Clinical Practice Improvement Activities
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPR Customary, Prevailing, and Reasonable
CPS Composite Performance Score
CPT Current Procedural Terminology
CQI Continuous quality improvement
CQM Clinical quality measure
CRNA Certified registered nurse anesthetist
CV Cardiovascular
CVA Cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
CVI Cerebrovascular insufficiency
CXR Chest x-ray
CY Calendar Year
Ca Carcinoma
Cahaba GBA Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators
D&C Dilatation and curettage
D&E Dilatation and evacuation
D/C Discontinue or discharge
DC Doctor of Chiropractic
DD Differential diagnosis
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DHPC Direct Healthcare Professional Communication
DHS Department of Human Services (Iowa)
DIFF. Differential blood count
DMAT Disaster Medical Assistance Team
DME Durable medical equipment
DME Direct medical education
DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
DNR Department of Natural Resources
DNR Do not report
DNR Do not resuscitate
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DO Disorder
DOA Dead on arrival or date of admission
DOB Date of birth
DOJ Department of Justice
DOT Department of Transportation
DOT Directly observed therapy
DPI Bureau of Disease Prevention and Immunization
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
DPS Department of Public Safety
DPT Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
DRA Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
DRG Diagnosis-related group
DSA Disproportionate share adjustment
DSC Doctor of Surgical Chiropody
DSH Disproportionate share hospital
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
DTR Deep tendon reflex
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DVT Deep venous thrombosis
Dx Diagnosis
E&M Evaluation and Management Services
EBL Estimated blood loss
EBP Evidence-based practice
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
EC Eye contact
ECASA Enteric coated acetylsalicylic acid
ECC Emergency coordination center
ECC Emergency cardiac care
ECF Extended care facility
ECG or EKG Electrocardiogram
ECMO Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
ECT Electroconvulsive therapy
ECU Environmental control unit
ECV External cephalic version
eCQM Electronically specified clinical quality measure
EDC Estimated date of confinement
EDD Estimated delivery date
EEG Electroencephalogram
EENT Eye, ear, nose and throat
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EGA Estimated gestational age
EGC Early gastric cancer
EHR Electronic health record
EKG, ECG Electrocardiogram
EMAC Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMG Electromyogram
EMR Electronic medical record
EMS Emergency medical services
EMT Emergency medical technician
EMTALA Emergency Medical Transfer Active Labor Act
ENT Ear nose and throat
EOB Explanation of benefits
EOC Emergency operations center
EOC Episode of care
EOC Explanation of coverage
EOMB Explanation of Medicare Benefits
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPI-X Epidemic information exchange
EPO Exclusive Provider Organization
EPSDT Early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment program
EPs Eligible professionals
ER Emergency room
ER/ED Emergency room/emergency department
ERISA Employee Retirement Income Security Act
eRx Electronic prescribing
ESF Emergency support functions
ESF06 Mass care emergency support function
ESF08 Health and medical services support function
F Fahrenheit
F/C Fever, chills
FACHE Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FAS Fetal alcohol syndrome
FB Foreign body
FBS Fasting blood sugar
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEC Freestanding emergency center
FEF Forced expiratory flow
FEHBP Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFS Fee for service
FFWU Full fever work-up
FHR Fetal heart rate
FI Fiscal intermediary
FL Femur length
FM Fetal movement
FMG Foreign medical graduate
FNA Fine needle aspiration
FOBT Fecal occult blood testing
FPL Federal Poverty Level
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center
FRC Functional residual capacity
FROM Free range of motion
FSA Flexible Spending Accounts
FSE Fetal scalp electrode
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone
FT Full term
FTC Federal Trade Commission
FTE Full-time equivalent
FX Fracture
FY Fiscal year
GA Gestational age
GAF Geographic adjustment factor
GAO U.S. General Accountability Office
GB viz. Gall bladder visualization
GC Gonococcal, gonorrhea
GH Growth hormone
GHAA Group Health Association of America
GHRH Growth hormone releasing hormone
GI Gastrointestinal
GLT Glucose loading test
GME Graduate medical education
GP General practitioner
GPCI Geographic practice cost index
GPRO Group Practice Reporting Option
GSW Gunshot wound
GTT Drop-liquid measurement
GTT Glucose tolerance test
GU Genitourinary
H&P History and physical examination
H/O History of
H20 Water
HA Headache
HA Hemolytic anemia
HAC Hospital-Acquired Condition
HAI Hospital-Associated Infection
HAN Health Alert Network
HANYS Healthcare Association of New York State
HAV Hepatitis A virus
HAWK-I Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa
HAZMAT Hazardous material
HBV Hepatitis B virus
HC Head circumference
HCC Hierarchical condition categories
HCFAC Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control
HCPCS Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
HCPLAN Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network
HCV Hepatitis C virus
HDL High density lipoprotein
HDV Hepatitis D virus
HEDIS Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set
HEICS Hospital emergency incident command system
HEPA High-efficiency particulate air
HERT Hospital emergency response team
HFMA Healthcare Financial Management Association
HHA Home Health Agency
HHR Health human resources (or health workforce)
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHSC Health and Human Services Commission
HIAA Health Insurance Association of America
HICPAC Hospital infection control practices advisory committee
HICS Hospital incident command system
HIE Health Information Exchange
HIM Health information management
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIPCs Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperatives
HIPPS Health Insurance Prospective Payment System
HIT Health Information Technology
HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
HLSEM Homeland security and emergency management
HMO Health maintenance organization
HOPD Hospital Outpatient Department
HPA Hypothalamic suppression test
HPAI Highly pathogenic avian influenza
HPB Historic payment basis
HPCI Health Policy Corporation of Iowa
HPHS High-performing health system
HPI History of present illness
HPSA Health Professional Shortage Area
HQRM Healthcare quality and resource management
HR Hour
HR Heart rate
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
HS Hour of sleep (bedtime)
HSR Hospital-specific rate
HTN Hypertension
Hb Hemoglobin
Hgb. Hemoglobin
I&D Incision and drainage
I&O Intake and output
IAC Iowa Administrative Code
IAHSA Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
IBD Inflammatory bowel disease
IBS Inflammatory bowel syndrome
IBW Ideal body weight
IC Incident commander
ICC Incident command center
ICD International Classification of Diseases
ICD-10-CM International classification of diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification
ICF/MR Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
ICN Intermediate care nursery
ICP Infection control professional
ICP Intracranial pressure
ICS Incident command system
ICU Intensive care unit
ID Infectious diseases
IDAC Infectious disease advisory committee
IDALS Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
IDDM Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IDIA Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
IDN Integrated Delivery Network
IDPH Iowa Department of Public Health
IDS Integrated delivery system
IFMC Iowa Foundation for Medical Care
IHA Iowa Hospital Association
IHC Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
IHERF Iowa Hospital Education & Research Foundation
IHHCC Iowa Hospital Home Care Council
IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement
IHO Iowa Hospice Organization
IHS Indian Health Services
IISN Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network
IM Intramuscular
IME Indirect Medical Education
IMGMA Iowa Medical Group Management Association
IMPACT Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014
IMS Iowa Medical Society
INA Iowa Nurses Association
IOASE In-office ancillary services exception
IOM Institute of Medicine
IOMA Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
IONL Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders
IP Intraperitoneal
IP Inpatient
IPA Independent Practice Association
IPAB Independent Payment Advisory Board
IPF Inpatient psychiatric facility
IPF Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
IPPS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System
IQ Intelligence quotient
IRB Institutional review board
IRF Inpatient rehabilitation facility
ISMP Institute for Safe Medication Practices
IT Information technology
ITC Iowa Trauma Coordinators
IU International units
IUI Intrauterine insemination
IUP Intrauterine pregnancy
IUPC Intrauterine pressure catheter
IV Intravenous
IVF In vitro fertilization
IVIG Intravenous immune globulin
IVP Intravenous pyelogram (urogram)
IVP Intravenous push
In vitro In the laboratory
In vivo In the body
JCV JC virus
JIC Joint information center
JRA Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
JVD Jugular venous distension
KS Kaposi sarcoma
KUB Kidney, ureter, bladder (x-ray)
LAD Leukocyte adhesion deficiency
LAMA Left against medical advice
LBP Lower back pain
LBW Low birth weight
LCD Local coverage determinations
LIH Left inguinal hernia
LLL Left lower lobe
LLQ Left lower quadrant
LMS Learning management system
LOF Loss of fluid
LOS Length of stay
LPC Licensed professional counselor
LPHA Local public health agency
LPN Licensed practical nurse
LPT Licensed physical therapist
LRN Laboratory Response Network
LSA Legislative Service Agency
LTC Long-term care
LTCH Long-term care hospital
LTSS Long term social services
LUL Left upper lobe
LUQ Left upper quadrant
LV Left ventricle
LVN Licensed vocational nurse
MA Medicare Advantage
MAC Medicare Administrative Contractor
MACPAC Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
MACRA Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
MB Market basket
MBI Market basket index
MCO Managed care organization
MD Doctor of Medicine
MD Muscular dystrophy
MDA Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDC Major Diagnostic Category
MDD Maximum daily dose
MDH Medicare Dependent Hospital
MDP Measure Development Plan
MDS Minimum Data Set
ME Medical examiner
MEI Medical economic index
MEI Medicare Economic Index
mEq. Milliequivalent
MFS Medicare fee schedule
MG Milligram
MGCRB Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board
MHA Master of Hospital Administration Master of Health Administration
MHI Mental Health Integration
MHSA Master of Health Services Administration
MI Myocardial infarction; also Mitral insufficiency or Mental institution
MIPPA Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
MIPS Merit-based Incentive Payment System
ML Milliliter
MLP Mid-level practitioner
MLR Minimum Loss Rate
MMA Medicare Modernization Act of 2003
MMRS Metropolitan medical response system
MOB Medical office building
MOM Milk of magnesia
MPA Master of Public Administration
MPH Master of Public Health
MR Mental retardation
MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
MS Mitral stenosis; also Master of Science or Medical scientist
MS Multiple sclerosis
MSA Metropolitan statistical area
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
MSO Management service organization
MSW Master of Social Work
MUA Medically underserved area
MUP Medically underserved population
MVA Motor vehicle accident
MVPS Medicare volume performance standard
MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Mono Mononucleosis
N/V Nausea vomiting
NAD No acute distress
NB Newborn
NBC Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
NCD National coverage determination
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
ND Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NF Nursing facility
NIC Neonatal intensive care
NICU Neonatal intensive care unit
NIDDM Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMS National Incident Management System
NIPP National Infrastructure Protection Plan
NKDA No known drug allergies
NLRB National Labor Relations Board
NM Neuromuscular
NNDSS Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System
NP Nurse practitioner
NPI National Provider Identifier
NPO Nothing by mouth
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rule Making
NQF National Quality Forum
NQS National Quality Strategy
NRP National Response Plan
NTG Nitroglycerin
NVD Normal vaginal delivery
Nat/O Birth
O2 Oxygen
OASIS Outcome and Assessment Information Set
OB-GYN Obstetrics and gynecology
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OCD Obsessive compulsive disorder
OCM Oncology Care Model
OCP Oral contraceptive pill
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OD Doctor of Optometry
OD Right eye
ODS Organized delivery system
OGTT Oral glucose tolerance test
OIG Office of the Inspector General
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ON Optic neuritis
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
OPD Outpatient department
OPO Organ procurement organization
OPP Out-of-pocket payments
OPPS Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System
OPV Oral polio vaccine
OR Operating room
OS Left eye
OSA Obstructive sleep apnea
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT Occupational therapy
OTC Over the counter
OU Both eyes
P Pulse
P&A Percussion and auscultation
P4P Pay for Performance
PA Physician assistant
PA Posterior-anterior
PA or PT Patient
PACS Picture archiving and communication system
PALS Pediatric advanced life support
PAP Pulmonary artery pressure; Papanicolaou test
PAPR Personal air-purifying respirator
PAT Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia
PBI Protein-bound iodine
PC After meals
PCMH Patient-Centered Medical Home
PCN Primary care network
PCN Penicillin
PCORI Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
PCP Primary care physician
PD Parkinson's disease
PDL Prescription drug list
PDP Prescription drug plan
PE Pulmonary embolism
PECOS Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System
PEEP Positive end expiratory pressure
PET Positron emission tomography
PFFS Private fee-for-service
PFPMs Physician Focused Payment Models
PFS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
pH Acidity or alkalinity. pH 7 = neutral, above 7 = alkalinity increases, below 7 = acidity decreases.
PHN Public health nurse
PHO Physician hospital organization
PHS Public Health Service
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease
PIH Pregnancy induced hypertension
PKD Polycystic kidney disease
PMPM Per-member/per-month
PMS Premenstrual syndrome
PNS Peripheral nervous system
PNV Prenatal vitamins
PO Per os (by mouth)
POS Point of service
PPACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
PPE Personal protective equipment
PPI Producer price index
PPO Preferred provider organization
PPRC Physician Payment Review Commission
PPS Prospective payment system
PQRS Physician Quality Reporting System (CMS)
PRN As needed
PRO Peer review organization
PRRB Provider reimbursement review board
PSA Prostate-specific antigen
PSO Provider sponsored organization
PT Physical therapy
PTAC Professional and Technical Advisory Committee
PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder
Ped. Pediatrics; also Pediatrician
Post-op Postoperative (after surgery)
Pre-op Preoperative (before surgery)
Preemy Premature infant
q2h Every 2 hours
q3h Every 3 hours
qam Every morning
qd Once a day
qh Once every hour
qhs At bedtime
qid Four times a day
qod Every other day
qpm Every evening
QA Quality assurance
QCDR Qualified Clinical Data Registry
QE Qualified Entity
QI Quality improvement
QIO Quality Improvement Organization
QP Qualifying APM Professional
QRDA Quality Reporting Document Architecture
QRUR Quality and Resource Use Reports
RA Rheumatoid arthritis
RA Right atrium
RAC Recovery Audit Contractor
RAD Radiation-absorbed dose
RAD Reactive airway disease
RBC Red blood count
RBC Red blood cell
RBRVS Resource-Based Relative Value Scale
RDI Recommended daily intake
RDS Respiratory distress syndrome
REM Rapid eye movements
RF Risk factor
RHC Rural health clinic
RHD Rheumatic heart disease
RPB 6 Regional Policy Board 6 (AHA)
RUC AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee
RUGs Resource utilization groups
RUL Right upper lobe
RUQ Right upper quadrant
RV Right ventricle, residual volume
RVS Relative value scale
RVU Relative value unit
RXN Reaction
Rx Prescription, treatment
S/S Signs and symptoms
SAB Spontaneous abortion
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SARS Severe acute respiratory syndrome
SBO Small bowel obstruction
SBS Shaken baby syndrome
SC Subcutaneous
SC/SQ Subcutaneous
SCH Sole community hospital
SCHIP State Children's Health Insurance Program
SCIC Significant change in condition
SEIU Service Employees International Union
SEOC State emergency operations center
SGR Sustainable Growth Rate
SICU Surgical intensive care unit
SIDS Sudden infant death syndrome
SMDA Safe Medical Devices Act (1990)
SME State medical examiner
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SNP Special Needs Plan
SNS Strategic National Stockpile
SOB Shortness of breath
SPECT Single-photon-emission computerized tomography
SSA Social Security Administration
SSI Supplemental Security Income
START Simple triage and rapid transport
STAT Immediately
STD Sexually transmitted disease
STHP Short Term Health Plan
SX Symptoms
Stat. Immediately
T Temperature
T&C Type and cross (blood)
T&A Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TAB Tablet
TAH Total abdominal hysterectomy
TB Tuberculosis
TBI Traumatic brain injury
TCPI Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
TGA Transient global amnesia
TIN Tax Identification Number
TIW Three times a week
TLC Total lung capacity
TMA Transitional Medical Assistance
TPA Third-party administrator or third-party administration
TPA Tissue plasminogen activator (dissolve clots), total parenteral alimentation (intravenous nutritional needs)
TPR Temperature, pulse, respiration
TQI Total quality improvement
TQM Total quality management
TRHCA Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
TSA Transportation Security Administration
Temp. Temperature
UA Urinalysis
UB-04 Uniform Billing Form, modified in 2004
UB-92 Uniform Billing Form, modified in 1992
UC Urgi Center
UC Ulcerative colitis
UCR Usual, customary and reasonable (charges)
UE Upper extremity
UHL University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory
UO Urine output
UR Utilization review
URI Upper respiratory infection
US Ultrasound
USOH Usual state of health
USPHS United States Public Health Service
UTI Urinary tract infection
VA Veterans Administration
VAERS Vaccine adverse events reporting system
VB Vaginal bleeding
VBAC Vaginal birth after caesarean section
VBP Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
VBPM Value-based payment modifier
VD Venereal disease
VDRL Serology
VF Ventricular fibrillation
VFC Vaccines for Children
VH Vaginal hysterectomy, hallucination
VHA Voluntary Hospitals of America
VIP Voluntary interruption of pregnancy
VMBIP Vaccine Management Business Improvement Project
VM Value-Based Payment Modifier
VS Vital signs
VSS Vital signs stable
WB Whole blood
WBC White blood count
WHO World Health Organization
WIC Women and infant children program
WNL Within normal limits
WT Weight
XRT External radiation therapy

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