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Acronym What it stands for

AAAC American Academy of Ambulatory Care

AAAHC Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

AACOM American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

AAFP/F American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

AAHP American Association of Health Plans

AAIP Association of American Indian Physicians

AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges

AAN American Academy of Neurology

AAOS American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAP American Academy of Pediatrics

AAPA American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPP American Academy of Physician and Patient

AAPS American Association of Physician Specialists

AARP American Association of Retired Persons

ABEM American Board of Emergency Medicine

ABFM American Board of Family Medicine

ABIM American Board of Internal Medicine

ABMS American Board of Medical Specialties

ABP American Board of Pediatrics

ABSME Association of Behavioral Science/Medical Education

ACC American College of Cardiology

ACCME Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACE Alliance of Clinical Educators

ACE American Council on Exercise

ACEP American College of Emergency Physicians

ACF Annual Clinical Focus

ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACIP Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

ACLI American Council of Life Insurance

ACME Alliance for Continuing Medical Education

ACNM American College of Nurse Midwives

ACOFP American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACP-ASIM American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine

ACPE American College of Physician Executives

ACPM American College of Preventive Medicine

ACS American College of Surgeons

ACS American Cancer Society

ACTPCMD Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry

ACU Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

ADA American Diabetes Association

ADAMHA Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Administration

ADFM Association of Departments of Family Medicine

AFMA Association of Family Medicine Administration

AFMAA Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Alliance (formerly OAFM)

AFMO Academic Family Medicine Organizations

AFMRD Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

AFP American Family Physician

AFPRN Association of Family Practice Residency Nurses now – Family Medicine Nurses Association

AGS American Geriatrics Society

AHA American Hospital Association

AHCRP Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

AHEC Area Health Education Center

AHME Association for Hospital Medical Education

AHQA American Health Quality Association

AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

ALA American Lung Association

ALF Annual Leadership Forum

ALSO Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

AMA American Medical Association

AMA CEJA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (of AMA)

AMAPC AMA Political Action Committee

AMA PAG AMA Policy Advisory Group

AMDA American Medical Directors Association

AMGA American Medical Group Association

AMIA American Medical Informatics Association

AMP Association of Medical Publications

AMPRA American Medical Peer Review Association

AMSA American Medical Student Association

AMWA American Medical Women’s Association

ANA American Nurses’ Association

AOA American Osteopathic Association

AOA Alpha Omega Alpha (Honor Society)

AOBFP American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

APA Ambulatory Pediatrics Association or American Pharmaceutical Association

APAP Association of Physician’s Assistant Programs

APDIM Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine

APGO Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics

ARC-PA Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistants

ASAE American Society of Association Executives

ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine

ASCO American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASGE American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

ASIM American Society of Internal Medicine

ASPN American Sentinel Practice Network

ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

ATW AAFP This Week

ATPM Assn of Teachers of Preventive Medicine

ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

AZT Zidovudine

BBA Balanced Budget Act of 1997

BBRA Balanced Budget Refinement Act

BHCDA Bureau of Health Care Delivery and Assistance

BHPr Bureau of Health Professions

BMAD (part) B Medicare Annual Data

BOD Board of Directors

BPHC Bureau of Primary Health Care

CAAHEP Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

CACMS Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools

CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Health Plans

CAIR Canadian Association of Interns and Residents

CAP College of American Pathologists

CAQ Certificate of Added Qualification

CAS Council of Academic Societies (AAMC)

CCM Chronic Care Model

CCPR Commission on Clinical Policies & Research

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDF Children’s Defense Fund

CEJA Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs (AMA)

CF Conversion Factor

CFPC College of Family Physicians of Canada

CG Curriculum Guidelines

CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program

CF Conversion Factor

CFPC College of Family Physicians of Canada

CHAMPUS Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services

CHER Center for Health Economics Research

CLGA Commission on Legislation and Governmental Affairs

CLIA Clinical laboratory Improvement Amendments

CME Continuing Medical Education

CMER Continuing Medical Education Records

CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Used to be HCFA)

CMSS Council of Medical Specialty Societies

COCME Commission on Continuing Medical Education

COD Congress of Delegates

COE Commission on Education (AAFP)

COGME Council on Graduate Medical Education

COLA Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation

CORR Computerized Office Record Review

COSSMHO National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organization

CPRI Computer-based Patient Record Institute

CPT Current Procedural Terminology

CREOG Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology

CRSA Committee on Resident and Student Affairs (AAFP)

CRSI Commission of Resident and Student Issues

CSA Clinical Skills Assessment

CSAE Clinical Skills Assessment Examination

CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

CSC Committee on Special Constituencies

CSE Clinical Skills Examination

CTFK Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

CV Curriculum Vitae

CWF Common Working File

DAP Departmental Assistance Program

DEA Drug Enforcement Administration

DHHS Department of Health and Human Service

DMDA (National) Depressive and Manic Depressive Association

DME Durable Medical Equipment

DNH Do Not Hospitalize

DNR Do Not Resuscitate

DOC Doctors Ought to Care

DoD Department of Defense

DoE Department of Energy

DoI Department of Interior

DOMD Division of Medicine and Dentistry

DRG Diagnosis Related Groups

E/M Evaluation and Management (Services)

ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

EHR Electronic Health Record

EMR Electronic Medical Record

ENACT Effective National Action to Control Tobacco

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

EPO Exclusive Provider Organization

ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service

ERISA Employee Retirement Income Security Act

EXCEL External Comparative Evaluation for Laboratories

FDA Food and Drug Administration

FFI Faculty Futures Initiative

FFM Future of Family Medicine Project (formerly FoFM)

FHFA Family Health Foundation of America (see name change – AAFP/F)

FHM Family Health Month

FMC Family Medicine Centers

FMCR Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project

FMDRL Family Medicine Digital Resource Library

FMIG Family Medicine Interest Group

FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act

FMTN Family Medicine Television Network

FOM Fundamentals of Management

FOPE II Future of Pediatric Education II

FP-IQ Family Physicians - Improving Quality -

FPBRN The Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks

FPC Family Practice Center

FPIH Family Practice in Healthcare Organizations

FPM Family Practice Management

FSA Family Support Administration

FSMB Federation of State Medical Boards

FTC Federal Trade Commission

GAF Geographic Adjustment Factor

GAO U. S. General Accounting Office

GDP Gross Domestic Product

GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

GLMA Gay Lesbian Medical Association

GME Graduate Medical Education

GMENAC Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Council

GP C Genetics in Primary Care Project

GPCI Geographic Practice Cost Index

GPO Government Printing Office

GROW Genetics Resources on the Web (NCHPEG)

GSA General Services Administration

HAP Hospital Accreditation Program

HCPCS Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

HEDIS Healthplan Employer Data and Information Set

HEP Health Education Program

HHS Health and Human Services, US Dept of

HIAA Health Insurance Association of America

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HMCC Healthcare Marketing & Communications Council, Inc. (formerly the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council)

HMO Health Maintenance Organization

HMSS Hospital Medical Staff Section

HPNEC Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition

HPSA Health Professions Shortage Area

HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration

HSQB Health Standards & Quality Bureau

HSSA Home Study Self-Assessment

HUD Department of Housing & Urban Development

ICD-9 International Classification of Disease (9th Edition)

ICFM International Center for Family Medicine

ICIC Improving Chronic Illness Care

IFPDAP International Family Practice Development Assistance Program

IGC Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project

IGSI Inter-Organizational Group on Student Interest

IHI Institute for Health Improvement

IHS Friends of Indian Health Service
The Academy joined the Friends of HIS, a lobbying coalition of individuals and 35 health care groups, in January 2000. The 1999 AAFP Congress of Delegates voted for the Academy to join the coalition, formed in 1997 to support funding for the Indian Health Service

IME Indirect Medical Education

IMG International Medical Graduate

IMN Interactive Medical Networks

IOM Institute of Medicine

IPA Independent Practice Association

IQI Institute for Quality Improvement

JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association

JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

JGAC Joint AAFP/F – AAFP Grant Awards Council

JGAP Joint AAFP/F – AAFP Grant Awards Program

JRC Joint Review Committee

JRC-AT Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training

KSA Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes (per PAP)

LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education

LINNAEUS Learning In an InterNational Network About Errors and Understanding Safety

LOA Letter of Agreement

LOI Letter of Intent

LOS Letter of Support

MAAC-LC Maximum Allowed Actual Charge or Limiting Charge

MAC Monitored Anesthesia Care

MASAE Mid-America Society of Association Executives

MCAT Medical College Administration Test

MCC Medical Council of Canada

MCCQE Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination

MCN Migrant Clinicians Network

MCO Managed Care Organization

MCP Monthly Capitation Payment

MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

MEI Medicare Economic Index

MFS Medicare Fee Schedule

MGMA Medical Group Management Association

MHMA Midwest Healthcare Marketing Association

MLE Medical Laboratory Evaluation

MLP Mid Level Provider

MMP Methodical Management Project

MMR Measles, Mumps, Rubella, CPT, OPV, etc.

MOC Maintenance of Certification

MOM MOM Care, Management of Maternity Care

MPH Masters in Public Health

MSS Medical Student Section (AMA)

MVPS Medicare Volume Performance Standard (Superseded by SGR (see page 6)

NAIC National Association of Insurance Commissioners

NAMCP National Association of Managed Care Physicians

NAPCRG North American Primary Care Research Group

NASN National Association of School Nurses

NAPCI National Alliance for Primary Care Informatics

NAWHME National Academy of Women’s Health Medical Education

NBCAM National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NBCFM National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare

NBME National Board of Medical Examiners

NCCLS National Committee on Clinical Laboratory Standards

NCCPA National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

NCFMR National Conference of Family Medicine Residents

NCHPEG National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics

NCI National Cancer Institute

NCMHD National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NCOA National Council on the Aging

NCPIE National Council for Patient Information and Education

NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCSC National Conference of Special Constituencies

NCSL National Council for State Legislatures

NCSM National Congress of Student Members

NCWMNP National Conference on Women, Minority, and New Physicians (now NCSC)

NDMDA National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association

NFME National Fund for Medical Education

NHC National Health Council

NHGRI National Human Genome Research Institute

NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

NHMA National Hispanic Medical Association

NHSC National Health Service Corps

NICHQ National Initiative for Children's Health Care Quality

NIDDM Noninsulin-dependent Diabetes

NIAAA National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIH National Institutes of Health (12 institutes)

NIMH National Institute of Mental Health

NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health

NIPDD National Institute for Program Director Development

NMA National Medical Association

NP Nurse Practitioner

NPDB National Practitioner Data Bank

NPNEC Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition

NPDB National Practitioner Data Bank

NPSF National Patient Safety Foundation

NQF National Quality Forum

NRHA National Rural Health Association

NRMP National Resident Matching Program

NRSA National Research Service Award

NSI Nutrition Screening Initiative

NTP National Toxicology Program

OAFM Organization of Academic Family Medicine

OASH Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

OHDS Office of Human Development Services

OIG Office of Inspector General

OMB Office of Management and Budget

OMH Office of Minority Health

OPDA Organization of Program Directors Association

ORMC Organization of Regional Medical Campuses Deans

ORR Organization of Resident Representatives of the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)

OS Office of the Secretary

OSCE Observed Structured Clinical Examination

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSR Organization of Student Representatives (AAMC)

OWH Office of Women’s Health

PA Physician Assistant

PAC Physician Assistant Certified

PAHO Pan American Health Organization

PBRN Practice-Based Research Network

PCFS Primary Care Fellowship Society

PCMA Professional Convention Management Association

PCOC Primary Care Organizations Consortium

PCPA Physician Clinical Performance Assessment (CMSS?)

PCPFS President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

PDW Program Directors Workshop

PEP Preceptor Education Project

PhRMA Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

PHS Public Health Service

PIC Program Impact Consultation (RAP)

PIMS Physicians in Management Series (ACPE)

PMA Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

POL Physician Office Laboratory

PPAC Practicing Physicians' Advisory Council (to CMS)

PPE Practicing Physician Education

PPA Preferred Provider Organization

PPIP Put Prevention Into Practice

PPRC Physician Payment Review Commission

PRICE Physicians for Research in Cost-Effectiveness

PPO Preferred Provider Organization

PPP Practice Parameter Partnership

PPRC Physician Payment Review Commission

PPS Prospective Payment System

PRICE Physicians for Research in Cost-Effectiveness

PRO Peer Review Organization

ProPAC Prospective Payment Assessment Commission

PRSA Public Relations Society of America

PSI Practice Support Initiative

PSNs Physician Provider Sponsored Networks

PT Proficiency Testing

PTAC Professional Technical Advisory Committees (of JCAHO)

QI Quality Improvement

RAP Residency Assistance Program

RASL Resident and Student Listserv

RBPE Resource-Based Practice Expenses

RBRVS Resource Based Relative Value Scale

RFP Request for Proposal

RPS Resident Physicians Section (AMA)

RRC Residency Review Committee

RRC-FP Residency Review Committee for Family Practice

RRP Resident Repayment Program

RS Research Stimulation Grants

RSTW Research Skills Training Workshop

RUC American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee

RVC Relative Review Committee

RVU Relative Value Unit

RWJF Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

SACME Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education

SAGE Special Advisory Group Extraordinaire (formed in 2000 at direction of AMA – Adv Group to their Board of Trustees)

SAM Society of Adolescent Medicine

SAMHSA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration

SBM Society for Behavioral Medicine

SGCR Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum (COE)


SGIM Society for General Internal Medicine

SGR Sustainable Growth Rate

SGIM Society of General Internal Medicine

SHAG State Health Affairs Group

SIFP Subcommittee on International Family Practice (COE)

SNAP Society of National Association Publications

SNF Skilled Nursing Facility

SNMA Student National Medical Association

SOC State Officers’ Conference

SOMA Student Osteopathic Medical Association

SPCPF Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows

SPT Standardized Patient Test

SSI Supplemental Security Income

STFM Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

TFSI Task Force on Student Interest sunsetted

UCDS Uniform Clinical Data Set

UI Urban Institute

UME-21 Undergraduate Medical Education for the 21st Century

USDA Department of Agriculture

USMLE U.S. Medical Licensing Examination

USPSTF United States Preventive Services Task Force

VFC Vaccines for Children

VA Department of Veterans’ Affairs

VFC Vaccines for Children

WHO World Health Organization

WONCA World Organization of National Colleges, Academies, and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (World Organization of Family Doctors)

YPS Young Physician Section (AMA)