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HCFA Health Care Financing Administration

HCQIP Health Care Quality Improvement Program

HCUP Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

HEDIS Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

HIV human immunodeficiency virus

HMO health maintenance organization

HOS Health Outcomes Survey

IOM Institute of Medicine

IPA independent practice association

JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association

JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

MCBS Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey

MEPS Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

MHCC Maryland Health Care Commission

NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress

NAMCS National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

NAS National Academy of Sciences

NCDB National Cancer Data Base

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics

NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCVHS National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NHAMCS National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NHIS National Health Interview Survey

NHS National Health Service

NIS National Immunization Survey

NIS Nationwide Inpatient Sample

NQF National Quality Forum

NRC National Research Council

NVSS National Vital Statistics System

PHC4 Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

PRO peer review organization

QI quality indicator

QuIC Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force

S-CHIP State Children's Health Insurance Program

SEER Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program

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