FCRA

Fair Credit Reporting Act

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

FOIL

Freedom of Information Law


HCFA

Health Care Financing Administration

HDO

Health database organization

HIC

Health Insurance Claim (number, for Medicare beneficiaries)

HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus

HMO

Health maintenance organization

HSA

Health Security Act


ICD-9-CM

International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision, clinical modifications (for use in the United States)

ID

Personal identifier

IOM

Institute of Medicine

IPA

Independent practice association

IRB

Institutional review board

IRS

Internal Revenue Service


MEDTEP

Medical Treatment Effectiveness Program (of AHCPR)


NAHDO

National Association of Health Data Organizations

NAIC

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

NCHS

National Center for Health Statistics

NRC

National Research Council


OTA

Office of Technology Assessment


PHCCCC

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

PIC

Personal identification code

PIN

Personal identification number

PORT

Patient Outcomes Research Team (in MEDTEP program)

PPO

Preferred provider organization

PPRC

Physician Payment Review Commission

PPSC

Privacy Protection Study Commission

PRO

(Medicare) Peer Review Organization


QA/QI

Quality assurance/quality improvement


RHIG

Rochester Health Information Group


SPARCS

Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System

SSA

Social Security Administration

SSN

Social Security number



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