The hospital world is full of jargon, acronyms and complicated medicines and treatments that baffle even the wisest health care consumer. However, if you’re going to join hospitals on this journey, it would be helpful if you could “speak a little bit of the language.” Listed below are links to a hospital directory, a list of terminology, etc.
Health care definitions and acronyms
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Treatment of mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
A way for hospitals and doctors to analyze quality data, both internally and against data from other hospitals and doctors, to identify best practices of care and improve quality
The most up-to-date patient care interventions, which result in the best patient outcomes and minimize patient risk of death or complications.
Physician or other health professional who has passed an examination given by a medical specialty board and has been certified by that board as a specialist in that subject.
System of assessment, treatment planning, referral, and follow-up that ensures the provision of comprehensive and continuous service and the coordination of payment and reimbursement for care.
Any acute or prolonged illness that is usually considered to be life threatening or with the threat of serious residual disability.
Average number of inpatients, excluding newborns, receiving care each day during a specific period of time.
A sickness that is long-lasting or recurrent. Examples include diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and chronic lung disease.
Clinical Practice Guidelines
A set of systematically developed statements, usually based on scientific evidence, that help physicians and their patients make decisions about appropriate health care for specific medical conditions. Clinical practice guidelines briefly identify and evaluate the most current information about prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, risk/benefit and cost effectiveness.
Community Mental Health Center
Facility that provides outpatient services (including specialized outpatient services for patients who have been discharged from inpatient treatment at a mental health facility) emergency care services, day treatment, and consultation and education services. Community mental health centers also provide screening for patients considered for admission to state mental health facilities.