HEDIS Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HMO health maintenance organization

HQA Hospital Quality Alliance

IHA Integrated Healthcare Association

IOM Institute of Medicine

MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance

NHIN National Health Information Network

NHS National Health Service

NQCB National Quality Coordination Board

PDCA (PDSA) Plan-Do-Check/Study-Act

PPO preferred provider organization

RHIO Regional Health Information Organization

RBRVS resource-based relative value scale

RFR reduction in failure rate

SCHIP State Children’s Health Insurance Program

SGR sustainable growth rate

SNF skilled nursing facility

STS Society of Thoracic Surgeons

USRDS United States Renal Data System

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