The medical field is littered with acronyms, often leaving many of us scratching our heads as to their meaning. We have gathered a helpful list of some of the most common acronyms relevant to healthcare in North Carolina and medicine in general.

Have an acronym that you’d like to add to this list? Email Kristen Shipherd with that information, and we’ll update this resource.


AAMSE – American Association of Medical Society Executives
ACA – Affordable Care Act
ACI – Advancing Care Information
ACO – Accountable Care Organization
AHEC – Area Health Education Center
AIMS – Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (part of the U of Washington that works on BHI)
AMA – American Medical Association
APM – Alternative Payment Model
ARRA – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
ASAE – American Society of Association Executives
AVS – After Visit Summary
AWV – Annual Wellness Visit
BHI – Behavioral Health Integration
BMI – Body Mass Index
BOD – Board of Directors
BOT – Board of Trustees
BPMH – Best Possible Medication History
CCDs – Continuity of Care Documents
CCH – Carolina Complete Health
CCHN – Carolina Complete Health Network
CCM – Chronic Care Management
CCN – Coordinated Care Network
CEHRT – Certified EHR Technology
CHAWV – Caravan Health Annual Wellness Visits
CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
COCM – Collaborative Care Management
CPC+ – Comprehensive Primary Care Plus
CPI – Chronic Pain Initiative
CPP – Community Practitioner Program
CSE – Carolinas Society of Endocrinologists
D/C – Discharge
DM – Direct Messaging
DOI – Department of Insurance
DPH – Department of Public Health
ECHO – Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes
ED – Emergency Department
EHR – Electronic Health Record
ET – Executive Team
FCLC – Future Clinician Leaders College
FFS – Fee for Service
FHLI – Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation
FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Centers
HCLM – Health Care Leadership & Management
HIE – Health Information Exchange
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
HISP – Health Information Service Provider
HIT – Health Information Technology
HPSA – Health Professional Shortage Areas
HRSA – Health Resources & Service Administration
KIPL – Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (Development Program)
LC – Leadership College
LPN – Licensed Practice Nurse
MA – Medical Assistant
MAC – Medicare Administrative Contractor
MACRA – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
MAHEC – Mountain Area Health Education Center
MAP – Medication Assistance Program
MARP – Medication Access & Review Program
MAT (Certification) – Medication-Assisted Treatment
MCO – Managed Care Organization
Med Rec – Medical Reconciliation
MGMA – Medical Group Management Association
MIPS – Merit Based Incentive Payment System
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
MSSP – Medicare Shared Savings Program
MSW – Masters of Social Work
MU – Meaningful Use
NCAAIS – North Carolina Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Society
NCACP – North Carolina Chapter, American College of Physicians (Internal Medicine)
NC-STeP – North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program
NCAFP – North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
NCAPA – North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
NCCPRW – North Carolina Clinician and Physician Retention and Well-Being Consortium
NCDA – North Carolina Dermatology Association
NCMGMA – North Carolina Medical Group Management Association
NCNS – North Carolina Neurological Society
NCOA – North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
NCOGS – North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
NCSOHNS – North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
NCSEPS – North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
NCSP – North Carolina Society of Pathologists
NCSS – North Carolina Spine Society
NHSC – National Health Service Corps
NPI – National Provider Identification
NRACO – National Rural Accountable Care Consortium
NRHA – National Rural Health Association
OAT – Opioid Addiction Treatment
OBOT – Office-Based Opioid Treatment
ONC – Office of National Coordinator
ORH – Office of Rural Health
PatSat – Patient Satisfaction
PBM – Pharmacy Benefits Manager
PCMH – Patient-Centered Medical Home
PCO – Primary Care Office
PCP– Primary Care Physician
PDMP – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
PDSA – Plan, Do, Study, Act
PHI – Protected Health Information
PIM – Practice Improvement Manager
PLE – Provider Led Entity
PMPM – Per Member, Per Month
PPA – Provider Participation Agreement
PQRS – Physicians Quality Reporting System
PSRC – Practice Sights Retention Collaborative
PT – Patient
PTN – Practice Transformation Network
QCDR – Quality Clinical Data Registry
QIW – Quality Improvement Workshop
QM – Quality Measures
QPP – Quality Payment Program
QRUR – Quality & Resource Use Report
RHC – Rural Health Clinic
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment
SDOH/SDH – Social Determinants of Health
SRAHEC – Southern Regional Area Health Education Center
STOP Act – Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention
SUD – Substance Use Disorder
TAC – Towards Accountable Care Consortium & Initiative
TCM – Transitional Care Management
TCPI – Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
TIN – Tax Identification Number
TOC – Transitions of Care
VBC – Value Based Care
VBOT – Virtual-Based Opioid Treatment