Terms and Acronyms

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.

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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)


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