A world full of terms and acronyms can be hard to navigate. Take a look at our list of most commonly used terms and acronyms to familiarize yourself with common industry terminology, or use the list as a reference when you need it.
AAPPD - Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities
ABA - Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABILITY ONE - Formerly Javits Wagner O’Day Act that provides set aside contract opportunities with the Federal Government that employ people who are blind or severely handicapped.
ACA - Affordable Care Act
ACDL - Arizona Center for Disability Law
AHCCCS Custom Eligibility (ACE) - A computer system that determines eligibility for ALTCS, SSI MAO, KidsCare, and other AHCCCS programs.
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
ADH - Adult Developmental Home
AHCCCS - Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AZ Medicaid Program)
AIHP - American Indian Health Program
ALTCS - Arizona Long Term Care System (within AHCCCS, funded by Title 19)
ANC/AFC - Attendant Care
ANCOR - American Network of Community Options and Resources
Article 9 - Governs client behavior intervention system
AzEIP - Arizona Early Intervention Program
Automation - A system of operating or controlling a process by electronic devices such as a computer.
BCaBA - Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BH - Behavior Health
BMH -Behavior Mental Health
BOMA - Building Owners & Managers Association
CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CBE - Center Based Employment
CD - Cognitive Disability
CDC - Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
Childless Adults - Adults without dependent children.
CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program (Known as KidsCare in Arizona)
CIMS - Cleaning Industry Management Standards
Circuit Breaker - Protects the State from reductions in the federal match – if the match falls below 80% then the expanded coverage will be halted.
CIT - Client Intervention Training
Clinic SFS - Clinic-based Sliding Fee Scale Programs
CM - Center for Medicare & Medicaid
CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (AHCCCS Federal Oversight Agency)
Community Assistors - Individuals trained by AHCCCS to use Health-e-Arizona Plus to assist applicants.
Consumer - A buyer of goods or services.
Cost Sharing - To share a cost such as co-payments.
County CAP - County-based Community Assistance Programs (Pima & Santa Cruz Counties)
CoverAZ.org - Website for information about the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) specific to Arizona.
CRP - Community Rehabilitation Provider
CRS - Children’s Rehabilitation Services
Data Hubs - Systems for collaborating on gathering, sharing and using data.
DCW - Direct Care Worker
DD - Developmental Disability/Developmental Delay
DDD - Division of Developmental Disabilities (a division in the Arizona Department of Economic Security)
Demonstration Projects - Special projects that test improvements in Medicare/Medicaid coverage, payment and quality of care.
DES - Arizona Department of Economic Security - administers SNAP, TANF and is a contractor of AHCCCS to provide eligibility determination services
DHS - Department of Health Services
DISA - Defense Information Services Agency – Ability One Contract
DM - Davis Monthan Air Force Base
DMAFB - Davis Monthan Air Force Base – Ability One Contract
DOL - Department of Labor (Federal)
DSP - Direct Service Professional
DTA - Day Treatment & Training-Adult
DTT - Day Treatment & Training Children
Dual Eligible - Individuals who are entitled to Medicare Part A and/or Part B and are eligible for some form of Medicaid benefit.
ERE - Employee Related Expense (aka Benefits)
ESE - Extended Supported Employment
Exchange Subsidies - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions to lower individual health insurance premiums for individuals with household incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level.
Exempt - To free from a rule or obligation that applies to others.
FCS PREMIER - First Choice Services Premier, LLC dba Blue Ribbon Bistro and Java Junction, partnership with the Marc Center
Fee-for-Service - Fee charged for services provided paid directly by the State rather than through a managed care organization.
FFM - Federally Facilitated Marketplace, sometimes also called Health Insurance Marketplace
FPL - Federal Poverty Level
GF - General Fund
HAB - Habilitation
HAH - Habilitation, Support, Hourly In-Home
HAI - Habilitation Individually Designed Living Arrangement
HCBS - Home and Community Based Services
HEA - Healthy-e-Arizona
Healthcare.gov - Website for Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM).
Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAPlus) - AHCCCS Medicaid enrollment and eligibility system.
HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Account Act of 1996
HRC - Human Rights Committee
HSK - Housekeeping
ICF/MR - Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
ID - Intellectual Disability
IDLA - Independent Living Arrangement (State)
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
IHS - Indian Health Services
Individual Mandate - The ACA requires citizens not covered by employer or government-sponsored insurance plans to maintain minimal insurance coverage or pay a penalty unless exempted.
Integrated Care System - A treatment plan that combines both physical and mental health needs to positively impact overall health outcomes.
IR - Incident Report
ISO - International Organization for Standardization
ISP - Individual Service Plan
JC - Job Coaching
KidsCare - In Arizona, the children’s health insurance program.
KidsCare II - A temporary KidsCare program that is funded through the Safety Net Care Pool and ended December 31, 2013.
Managed Care - Any system that manages health care delivery to improve quality of care through chronic disease management and prevention and control costs.
MCAS - Marine Corp Air Station, Yuma – Ability One Contract
Navigators - Individuals trained by the Federal Government to assist those applying for insurance coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM). They are not a part of the AHCCCS program.
NISH - National Industries for the Severely Handicapped, the organization that facilitates contract activities between CRPs or NPAs like TCH and the Federal Government, often referred to as Ability One Contracts
NOA - Notice of Action
NPA/NPO - Non-Profit Agency or Organization
Open Enrollment - The annual period in which individuals or employees can select from a choice of benefits programs.
OSHA - Occupation Safety & Health Act
OT - Occupational Therapy
P.L. 93-638 - Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act that allows tribes to operate health clinics and hospitals in partnership with Indian Health Services
P.L. 93-638 Health Facilities - Health facilities that are tribally run and administered.
PAS - Pre-Admission Screening
Payment Modernization - A policy strategy for moving to a financially sustainable and value-based healthcare delivery system, which rewards high quality care provided at an affordable cost.
PBS - Positive Behavior Support
PRC - Program Review Committee
Premium Tax Credits - A government subsidy to help make health insurance premiums on the Marketplace more affordable for middle and low-income families.
Price Transparency - The degree to which information is available regarding the cost of medical service or treatment costs, preferable before receiving the service or treatment.
Program Integrity - The planning, prevention, detection and investigation/recovery activities undertaken to minimize or prevent overpayment due to Medicaid fraud, waste or abuse.
Proposition 108 - Requires approval of 2/3 of both chambers of the Legislature to impose a new tax or fee or to increase a tax or fee.
Proposition 204 - Expands eligibility for AHCCCS for persons who are uninsured and have annual income less than 100% of the federal poverty level.
PT - Physical Therapy
PTC - Premium Tax Credit Program (On the Marketplace)
QHP - Qualified Health Plan (On the Marketplace)
RBHA - Regional Behavioral Health Authority
Real-Time -The actual time it takes a process to occur; the time it takes for a process under computer control to occur.
Recession - A period of economic decline.
RRB - Room & Board
RSA - Rehabilitation Services Administration, division within the Arizona Department of Economic Security
RSP - Respite
Safety Net Care Pool - A funding pool that uses monies from political subdivisions to draw down federal matching dollars. The funds are distributed to participating hospitals to defray the costs of uncompensated care provided to AHCCCS members and the uninsured.
Section 1115 Waiver - Waivers that States can obtain from the federal government which allows them to set up demonstration projects.
SECTION 14C - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Federal). A section that provides for the payment of special minimum wages to workers with disabilities.
Sequestration - The employment of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in the face of annual budget deficits.
SHOP - Small Business Health Opportunities Plan (On the Marketplace)
SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility (archaic term)
SSDI - Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI MAO - Supplemental Security Income Medical Assistance Only - eligibility category for Aged, Blind, Disabled for AHCCCS Coverage
ST - Speech Therapy
Stakeholder - A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization.
Subscriber - An individual, agency, or employer that has contracted for services under a health plan.
Subsidy - A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy is usually given to remove some type of burden and is often considered to be in the interest of the public.
Supermajority - A majority greater than a specified number, as 60% of the total: required to pass certain types of legislation, override vetoes, etc. An amount over a simple majority. A simple majority is one more than half of those voting.
TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Cash Assistance)
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
TCLF - The Cutty Legacy Foundation
Title XIX - Grant to states for medical assistance programs, i.e. Medicaid
Title XIX - Grant to states for medical assistance programs, i.e. Medicaid
Title XX - Block Grants to states for social services
UIR - Unusual Incident Report
Uncompensated Care - Medical services for which no payment is received.
VR - Vocational Rehabilitation
WAT - Work Adjustment Training
WC - Worker’s Compensation
YATI - Young Adult Transitional Insurance (For AHCCCS Coverage)