PCMH Glossary

Important Definitions And Terms

The following are the definitions of terms and acronyms that pertain to Person Centered Medical Homes. You may find these useful while completing the process of becoming a PCMH recognized group.


AAFP – American Academy of Family Physicians

ABD – Medicaid Aged, Blind and Disabled

APRN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

ASO – Administrative Services Organization

BAA – Business Associate Agreement

CAHPS – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program

CHNCT – Community Health Network of CT

CMAP – CT’s Medicaid Assistance Program

CMS – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

DO – Doctor of Osteopathy

DPH – Department of Public Health

DSS – Department of Social Services

EHR – Electronic Health Record

EH – Eligible Hospitals

EMR – Electronic Medical Record

EP – Eligible Professionals

EPSDT – Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Screening

HHS – Department of Health and Human Services

HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health

ISS – Interactive Survey System

IT – Information Technology

LIA – Low Income Adult

MA – Medical Assistant

MAPIR – CT’s Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository

MD – Doctor of Medicine

MMIS – Medicaid Management Information System

MU – Meaningful Use

NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance

NP – Nurse Practitioner

OB/GYN – Obstetrics and Gynecology

ONC – Office of the National Coordinator

PA – Physician Assistant

PCMH – Person-Centered Medical Home or Patient-Centered Medical Home

PCP – Primary Care Physician

PCPCC – Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

PPC-PCMH – Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home

RN – Registered Nurse

SBHC – School Based Health Center

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