Frequently Used Acronyms

42 CFR Part 242 CFR Part 2 Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient RecordsLink
AAPAdults' Access to Preventive/Ambulatory Health Services [HEDIS]The percentage of members 20 years and older who had an ambulatory or preventive care visit in the measurement year.
AARAfter Action ReviewDeveloped by the U.S. Army, structured review or de-brief for analyzing what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better.Link
ABCDAccess to Baby and Child DentistryLink
ACESAutomated Client Eligibility SystemLink
ACEsAdverse Childhood ExperiencesChildhood experiences have a tremendous impact on lifelong health and opportunity, thus an important health issue; work focuses on preventing and mitigating the effectsLink
ACHAccountable Community of HealthA group of leaders, community partners, and consumers in a region working together to improve health at the local level. With support from the state, ACHs are coordinating projects and advising agencies on how to best address healthcare needs in their area. WA has nine.Link
ADIArea Deprivation IndexLink
AHRQAgency for Healthcare Research and QualityAHRQ invests in research and evidence to make health care safer and improve qualityLink
AIANAmerican Indian or an Alaska NativeLink
AIMAnalytics, Interoperability, and Measurement. AIM TeamAnalytics, Interoperability, and Measurement (AIM), stands for: analytic tools, interoperable systems, and standardized measurement strategies. AIM is a strategy to: - Work collaboratively across state agencies and public and private sector partners to break down data-related silos. - Address long-term needs for health data management solutions, services and tools. - Serve as a key tool to implement population health improvement strategies around Washington.Link
AIMSAdvancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions, University of WashingtonThe AIMS Center (University of Washington) believes there is no health without mental health and promotes medical and behavioral health professionals working together to provide collaborative, whole-person careLink
AMDGAgency Medical Directors' Groupmission is to maximize the value, quality, safety, and delivery of state purchased health care.Link
AODDAlcohol or other drug DependancyAddiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or herLink
APDEAssessment, Policy Development & EvaluationLink
APMAlternative Payment ModelLink
ARMAnalytics, Research and Management
AUDITAlcohol Use Disorders Identification TestThe Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a 10-item screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems.Link
AVAchievement ValueA number assigned to each ACH based on how many projects they are pursuingLink
BHOBehavioral Health OrganizationThurston-Mason BHO and Great Rivers BHO are the mental health and substance use disorder services for Medicaid beneficiaries in the CPAA region.Link
BHTBetter Health TogetherAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Spokane, Wa that consists of 6 CountiesLink
BLSU.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor StatisticsLink
BoDBurden of DiseaseDisease burden is the impact of a health problem as measured by financial cost, mortality, morbidity, or other indicators. It is often quantified in terms of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) or disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), both of which quantify the number of years lost due to disease (YLDs).
BREEThe Bree Collaborativeprovide a mechanism through which public and private health care stakeholders can work together to improve quality, health outcomes, and cost effectiveness of care in Washington State.Link
BRFSSBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemThe nation's premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.Link
CAPCommunity Action Program AKA Community Action AgenciesRegional organization of social services to help lessen the impact of poverty
CBOCommunity Based OrganizationAre nonprofit groups that work at a local level to improve life for residents. The focus is to build equality across society in all streams - health care, environment, quality of education, access to technology, access to spaces and information for the disabled, to name but a few.Link
C-CDAConsolidated-Clinical Document ArchitectureA popular, flexible markup standard developed by Health Level 7 International (HL7 ) that defines the structure of certain medical records, such as discharge summaries and progress notes, as a way to better exchange this information between providers and patients.Link
CCHECenter for Community Health and EvaluationDesigns and implements evaluations for foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies to help assess the impact of community investments.Link
CDCommunicable diseaseLink
CDCCenter for Disease Control and PreventionThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States, with the goal of improving overall public healthLink
CDRClinical Data Repository, Link4HealthInitiative from the Health Care Authority (HCA). CDR aggregates clinical information from Disparate HERs in one easily accesible location. More info: OneHealthPortLink
CDSMEPChronic Disease Self-Management Education ProgramCDSMP is an effective self-management education program for people with chronic health problems.Link
CEHRTCertified Electronic Health Record TechnologyLink
CHATCommunity Health Assessment ToolThe Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) provides a secure, online query system for population-based data sets maintained by the Washington State Department of Health. The tool allows users to conduct analyses for community health assessment.Link
CHOICEConsortium of Health Systems Organized in Collaborative EffortLink
CHSCommunity Health Services, PHSKC
CHSICommunity Health Status Indicators ProjectLink
CMSCenters for Medicaid & Medicare ServicesPart of the Department of Health and Human Services, previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration, CMS is a federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid
COREProvidence - Center for Research and EducationCORE is an independent research team focused on improving the health of underserved populations
CPAACascade Pacific Action AllianceAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Olympia, Wa that consists of 7 CountiesLink
CQIContinuous Quality ImprovementLink
CQMClinical Quality MeasurementLink
CTCCommunities That CareAt the University of Washington Center for Communities That Care, we coach communities across the country through an evidence-based, prevention science process that reduces levels of youth problems and helps them thrive.Link
CVDCardiovascular DiseaseLink
DAJDKing County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
DASTDrug Abuse Screening TestDAST was designed to be used in a variety of settings to provide a quick index of drug-related problems.Link
DCHSKing County Department of Community and Human Services
DDADevelopmental Disabilities AdministrationPeople with developmental disabilities and their families are valued in our state. Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) programs are aimed to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families get services and supports based on need and choice.Link
DDIDesign, Develipment and ImplementationPhases of strategic planningLink
DOEDepartment of EducationLink
DOHWA State Department of HealthWA State Department of Health helps prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help make good decisions, and ensure WA is prepared for emergencies.Link
DSAData Sharing AgreementA formal contract that documents what data are being shared and how the data can be used.
DSHSWA State Department of Social and Health Services
DSRIPDelivery System Reform Incentive Program
DSRIP FMPDSRIP Funding and Mechanics ProtocolLink
DYDemonstration YearAligned with CMS approval of Medicaid Transformation, the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation demonstration years began January 9, 2017 and continue through December 31, 2021Link
DURSAData Use Reciprocal Support AgreementLink
DQADental Quality AllianceEstablished by the American Dental Association to develop performance measures for oral health careLink
EDEmergency DepartmentDepartment of a hospital responsible for patients in need of immediate care
EDIEEmergency Department Information ExchangeLink
EHRElectronic health record
EPElidgible PopulationAll beneficiaries attributed to the ACH, according to record of residence, who qualify for the metric (not limited to partnering providers or service sites).
ERDCWA State Education Research & Data Center
EQROExternal Quality Review OrganizationLink
FEFinancial ExecutorLink
FUHFollow-Up After HospitalizationUsed very often with Mental Helath: Member's discharge from an inpatient hospitalization with a mental health diagnosisLink
GAD-7Generalized Anxiety Disorder -7 ItemsLink
GCGreater ColumbiaAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Pasco, Wa that consists of 9 CountiesLink
GTGGap To GoalPerformance expectations based on the difference between ACH reference baseline year performance and the absolute benchmark (set at the national 90th percentile for Medicaid).Link
HBEWA Health Benefit ExchangeLink
HCAHealth Care AuthorityLink
HCP LANHealth Care Payment Learning and Action Network
HCAHPSHospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and SystemsA patient satisfaction survey required by CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for all hospitals in the United States. The Survey is for adult inpatients, excluding psychiatric patients
HCBSHome and Community Based ServicesHCBS provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community rather than institutions or other isolated settings. These programs serve a variety of targeted populations groups, such as people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illnesses.Link
HCUPHealthcare Cost and Utilization ProjectA family of databases, software tools and related products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by AHRQ.Link
HEDISHealthcare Effectiveness Data and Information SetA tool used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and serviceLink
HHHealth Home
HHCKing County Hospitals for a Healthier Community
HIE/HITHealth Information Exchange/Health Information TechnologyHealth care information accessed and shared electronicallyHIT: Health Information Technology is the range of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information, including clinical and claims related data
HIE: Health information exchange is the electronic exchange of health information to facilitate delivery system and payment transformation, care coordination and improved health outcomes
HILNHealth Innovation Leadership NetworkProviders, business, health plans, consumers, governments, and other key partners who are helping accelerate the efforts of Healthier Washington.
HISPHealth Information Service ProviderLink
HL7Health Level SevenLink
HMAHealth Management AssociatesA healthcare consulting firm providing technical support and project management for CPAA.
HUBPractice Transformation Support HubAn investment area of Healthier Washington and managed by the WA State Department of Health; the Hub delivers technical assistance and support to focus on whole-person care by achieving bi-directional and behavioral health integrationLink
HWCHealthy Washington CoalitionLink
HYSHealthy Youth Survey
IAIndependent AssessorState-contracted entity that participates in ongoing monitoring of ACH projects and milestone achievement, calculates achievement values, and determines incentive payment amounts earned for each reporting period.Link
IAPD-UImplementation Advance Planning Document UpdateLink
IEEIndependent External EvaluatorLink
IGTIntergovernmental TransferLink
IHCPIndian Health Care Provider (Protocol)Link
IHMEInstitute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
IHSIndian Health ServicesPrograms specifically created to address particular Native health issues, funded through grants and contracts from the IHS
IMCIntegrated Managed Care
IOSImprovement Over Self
IPAIn Person Assister
IPImplementation PlanPlan drawn up on how a project will be implementedLink
ISAInteroperability Standards AdvisoryLink
ITImprovement TargetThe target mark that will show improvement over previous marks met.Link
ITUIndian Health Services, Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian ProgramsPrograms specifically created to address particular Native health issues, funded through grants and contracts from the IHS
KCITKing County Information Technology
KINGKing CountyAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Seattle, Wa that consists of 1 County
LARCLong-Acting Reversible Contraceptionare methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user actionLink
LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker
LMHC/LCMHCLicensed Mental Health Counselor/Licensed Clinical Mental Health CounselorHighly skilled professional who combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach
MACRAMedicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
MATMedication-Assisted TreatmentMedication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.Link
MCHMaternal & Child HealthHealth status, outcomes, and health behaviors of pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents
MCOManaged Care OrganizationState-contracted organizations that provide access to health care services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
MeHAFMaine Health Access FoundationLink
MeHAF-SSAMaine Health Access Foundation Site Self AssessmentLink
MHCADSDKing County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
MMISMedicaid Management Information System
MTD/MTPMedicaid Transformation Demonstration/Medicaid Transformation ProjectA 5-year agreement with the federal government to allow WA State to test new approaches to providing health coverage and care; investment for regional health system transformation projects that benefit Medicaid recipients.Link
MYMeasurement YearLink
NACCHONational Association of County and City Health Officials
NCNorth CentralAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Wenatchee, Wa that consists of 4 Counties
NCQANational Committee for Quality AssuranceLink
NEAR ScienceNeuroscience, epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience
NEPHTNNational Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
NHPINative Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
NQFNational Quality ForumCommitted to helping our nation achieve better and affordable care, and improving the overall health of AmericansLink
NSNorth SoundAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Bellingham, Wa that consists of 5 Counties
OFMWA State Office of Financial ManagementOFM's role in supplying vital information, fiscal services and policy support that the Governor, Legislature and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington.Link
OICWA State Office of Insurance CommissionerThe Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner protects insurance consumers and oversees the insurance industry, making sure insurance companies follow the rules and people get the coverage they've paid for.Link
OLYMOlympicAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Port Townsend, Wa that consists of 3 Counties
OSPIOffice of the Superintendent of Public InstructionLink
OUDOpioid Use DisorderSymptoms of opioid use disorders include strong desire for opioids, inability to control or reduce use, continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning, use of larger amounts over time, development of tolerance, spending a great deal of time to obtain and use opioids, and withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing use, such as negative mood, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia.Link
P4P P4RPay-for-Performance / Pay-for-ReportingThe ACH will be held accountable and awarded incentive funds based on performance on a
P4R or P4P basis in the region from DY 3 through DY 5. The majority of the P4R reporting metrics will be provided by the ACH and its partnering provider organizations. ACH reported metrics will be provided as part of their semi-annual report submissions. The majority of P4P targets will
be provided by the State and are compiled on an annual basis.
PAVPercentage Achievement ValueRepresents the proportion of total available achievement values earned for the relevant payment period for the project or VBP by an ACH or MCO, used to determine the incentives earned out of the maximum possible funding. Calculated by dividing the weighted total of possible achievement values for the project in a payment year.Link
PCMHPatient Centered Medicaid HomeThe medical home model holds promise as a way to improve health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered.Link
PCMH-APatient Centered Medicaid Home AssessmentLink
PDMP & TTACPrescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance CenterLink
PHCPublic Health Center
PHQ-9Patient Health QuestionnaireThe PHQ-9 is a multipurpose instrument for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depressionLink
PiercePierce CountyAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Tacoma, Wa that consists of 1 countyLink
PMCCPerformance Measures Coordinating Committee
PMP (Washington State)Prescription Monitoring ProgramLink
PMP (Federal)Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Federal Level)Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) continue to be among the most promising state-level interventions to improve opioid prescribing, inform clinical practice, and protect patients at risk. Although findings are mixed, evaluations of PDMPs have illustrated changes in prescribing behaviors, use of multiple providers by patients, and decreased substance abuse treatment admissions. States have implemented a range of ways to make PDMPs easier to use and access, and these changes have significant potential for ensuring that the utility and promise of PDMPs are realized.Link
PMPMPer Member Per Month Health CareLink
PMWPerformance Measurement Workgroup
PRAMSPregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring SystemA survey of new mothers conducted by Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Link
PRISMPredictive Risk Intelligence SystemDecision support tool designed to support care management interventions for high-risk Medicaid patientsLink
PSAPrimary Service Area
PSBKing County Office of Performance, Strategy, and BudgetThe Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) provides comprehensive planning, management, budgeting and performance assessment for King County government.Link
PYPerformace YearIndicates the measurement year in which performance is measured and for which incentives are being earned.
QIQuality ImprovementLink
QIPQuality Incentive ProgramHospitals in Washington State have the opportunity to earn a one percent incentive payment under the Medicaid Quality Incentive Program. The incentive is included in the legislation creating the new Safety Net Assessment program.
The payment is funded in part from the hospitals contribution to the Safety Net Assessment and federal matching dollars.
QISQuality Improvement ScoreA composite score representing quality attainment and improvement on measures.Link
RDAResearch & Data Analysis DivisionLink
RFPRequest For Proposals
RHIPRegional Health Improvement PlanGoals include improving health equity and health outcomes, whole person care, and reducing per-capita health care costs while improving quality of care. Priorities include healthcare access, improving care coordination and integration, preventing and managing chronic disease, preventing and mitigating adverse childhood experiences, and enhancing economic and educational opportunities.
RHNIRegional Health Needs Inventory
RSNRegional Support Network
RWJFRobert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of programs which are working to help build a national Culture of Health.
SAMHSASubstanceAbuse and Mental Health Service Administrationagency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nationLink
SARSemi-Annual ReportLink
SBIRTScreening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatmentan evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs
SCFNUKANuka SystemSouthcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization serving nearly 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.Link
SDH, SDOHSocial Determinants of HealthLink
SDMShared Decision MakingLink
SEDSeriously Emotinally DisturbedA child who possesses a diagnosable, serious disorder under DSM-IV such as pervasive developmental disorder, childhood schizophrenia, schizophrenia of adult-type manifesting in adolescence, conduct disorder, affective disorder, other disruptive behaviors, or other disorders with serious medical implications such as eating disorders, or persistent involvement with alcohol or drugsLink
SIMState Innovation ModelInitiative of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; partners with WA State to develop sustainable models of multi-payer payment and delivery reform.
SMART GoalsSpecific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, TimelyCriteria guide to set objectives
SMDState Medicaid Directoroversees the Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) programLink
SMISerious Mental IllnessSchizophrenia,Paranoid and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar disorders (hypomanic, manic, depressive, and mixed), Major depressive disorders (single episode or recurrent), Schizoaffective disorders (bipolar or depressive), Pervasive developmental disorders, Obsessive-compulsive disorders, Depression in childhood and adolescence, Panic disorder, Post traumatic stress disorders (acute, chronic, or with delayed onset)Link
SSOSingle Sign-On
STCSpecial Terms and ConditionsLink
STDSexually Transmitted DiseaseAn infectious illness that is transmitted through unprotected sexual activity an infectious illness that is transmitted through unprotected sexual activity
SUDSubstance Use DisordersSubstance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.Link
SUDPSubstance Use During Pregnancya critical public health concern that is linked with several harmful maternal and fetal consequencesLink
SWOBStrengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and barriers
SWOT AnalysisStrengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, ThreatsStructured planning method that evaluates those four elements of a project
SWWASouthwest WashingtonAn Accountable Community of Health based out of Vancouver, Wa that consists of 3 Counties
TATechnical AssistanceLink
TARGETTreatment & Assessment Report Generation Tool
TAVTotal Achievement ValueTotal of the summed achievement values for an ACH for a given performance period.Link
TEFCATrusted Exchange Framework and Common AgreementA Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information InteroperabilityLink
TPLThird Party LiabilityLink
UIHPUrban Indian Health ProgramThe Urban Indian Health Program (UIHP) consists of 34 non-profit 501 (c)(3) programs nationwide. The programs are funded through grants and contracts from the I.H.SLink
VBPValue-Based PurchasingPart of ongoing work to structure Medicaid payment systems to reward providers for the quality of care; pays for healthier patients, rather than volume of servicesLink
VSVital statisticsLink
WAWashington State
WA-APCDStatewide All-Payer Health Care Claims DatabaseIn 2014, the Washington State Legislature passed landmark legislation that directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to establish the Washington State All-Payer Claims Database (WA-APCD). The database will serve as a vital resource for health care claims in Washington state.Link
WA DSHS-RDAWashington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data AnalysisLink
WAHAWhatcom Alliance for Health Advancement
WASISWashington State Identification SystemLink
WDSEWashington State Department of EcologyLink
WDSFWashington Dental Service FoundationA nonprofit funded by Delta Dental of WA, now Arcora Foundation; works statewide to eliminate oral health disparities, prevent oral health disease, and improve overall health.
WEMSISWashington EMS Information SystemWashington State's prehospital data repository for electronic patient care recordsLink
WHAWA Health Alliance
WPDPWashington Prescription Drug ProgramLink
WSCRWashington State Cancer Registry
WSHAWashington State Hospital AssociationRepresents 107 hospitals and health systems; represents their members by advocating at the state and federal levels
WTNWashington Tracking Network
YBHYouth Behavioral Health Coordination Project
YMPEPYouth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program