Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

A. Acronyms and Abbreviations


Acronym Full Name
ACS American Community Survey
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
AHA American Hospital Association
AHIP America's Health Insurance Plans
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS
AIAN American Indian or Alaska Native
AMA American Medical Association
AMIA American Medical Informatics Association
ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
ASPE Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
BRFSS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CCHIT Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHC Community Health Center
CHD Coronary Heart Disease
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
CHIS California Health Interview Survey
CLAS Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CPS Current Population Survey
DMHC California Department of Managed Health Care
ED Emergency Department
EHR Electronic Health Record
ELPS English Language Proficiency Survey
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease
HCUP Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Health IT/HIT Health Information Technology
Health ITSP Health Information Technology Standards Panel
HL7 Health Level 7
HRET Health Research & Educational Trust
IOM Institute of Medicine
ISO International Organization for Standardization
LEP Limited English Proficiency
MEDS Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System
MEPS Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
MIPPA Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
NAMCS National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCVHS National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
NHAMCS National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHDR National Healthcare Disparities Report
NHeLP National Health Law Program
NHIS National Health Interview Survey
NHOPI Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
NHPC National Health Plan Collaborative
NHQR National Healthcare Quality Report
NIS National Immunization Survey
NLAAS National Latino and Asian American Study
NQF National Quality Forum
NRC National Research Council
NSDUH National Survey on Drug Use and Health
NVSS National Vital Statistics System
OCR Office for Civil Rights, HHS
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OMH Office of Minority Health, HHS
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS
PHIN Public Health Information Network
PHR Personal Health Record
PQRI Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PUMS Public Use Microdata Samples
QI Quality Improvement
RAETT U.S. Census Bureau's 1996 Racial and Ethnic Targeted Test
RWJF Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
SEER Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results
SES Socioeconomic Status
SSA Social Security Administration
SSN Social Security Number
TDD Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons
TTY TeleTYwriter or Text Telephone
UMMC University of Mississippi Medical Center
URAC Formerly known as the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission
WCRS Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System


Abbreviation Full Name
CI Confidence Interval
MLBW Moderately Low Birthweight
OR Odds Ratio
RR Relative Risk
VLBW Very Low Birthweight
Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: A. Acronyms and Abbreviations. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldataapa.html