Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations

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


AcronymFull Name
ACSAmerican Community Survey
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990
AHAAmerican Hospital Association
AHIPAmerica's Health Insurance Plans
AHRQAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS
AIANAmerican Indian or Alaska Native
AMAAmerican Medical Association
AMIAAmerican Medical Informatics Association
ARRAAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
ASPEOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
BRFSSBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
CAHPSConsumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CCHITCertification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
CHCCommunity Health Center
CHDCoronary Heart Disease
CHIPChildren's Health Insurance Program
CHISCalifornia Health Interview Survey
CLASCulturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
CMSCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CPSCurrent Population Survey
DMHCCalifornia Department of Managed Health Care
EDEmergency Department
EHRElectronic Health Record
ELPSEnglish Language Proficiency Survey
ESRDEnd Stage Renal Disease
HCUPHealthcare Cost and Utilization Project
HHSU.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Health IT/HITHealth Information Technology
Health ITSPHealth Information Technology Standards Panel
HL7Health Level 7
HRETHealth Research & Educational Trust
IOMInstitute of Medicine
ISOInternational Organization for Standardization
LEPLimited English Proficiency
MEDSMedi-Cal Eligibility Data System
MEPSMedical Expenditure Panel Survey
MIPPAMedicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
NAMCSNational Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NCHSNational Center for Health Statistics
NCQANational Committee for Quality Assurance
NCVHSNational Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
NHAMCSNational Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NHANESNational Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NHDRNational Healthcare Disparities Report
NHeLPNational Health Law Program
NHISNational Health Interview Survey
NHOPINative Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
NHPCNational Health Plan Collaborative
NHQRNational Healthcare Quality Report
NISNational Immunization Survey
NLAASNational Latino and Asian American Study
NQFNational Quality Forum
NRCNational Research Council
NSDUHNational Survey on Drug Use and Health
NVSSNational Vital Statistics System
OCROffice for Civil Rights, HHS
OMBOffice of Management and Budget
OMHOffice of Minority Health, HHS
ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS
PHINPublic Health Information Network
PHRPersonal Health Record
PQRIMedicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PUMSPublic Use Microdata Samples
QIQuality Improvement
RAETTU.S. Census Bureau's 1996 Racial and Ethnic Targeted Test
RWJFRobert Wood Johnson Foundation
SEERSurveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results
SESSocioeconomic Status
SSASocial Security Administration
SSNSocial Security Number
TDDTelecommunication Device for Deaf Persons
TTYTeleTYwriter or Text Telephone
UMMCUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
URACFormerly known as the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission
WCRSWisconsin Cancer Reporting System


AbbreviationFull Name
CIConfidence Interval
MLBWModerately Low Birthweight
OROdds Ratio
RRRelative Risk
VLBWVery Low Birthweight
Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations: Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.