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Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes (1986)

Chapter: Acronyms and Initialisms

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Suggested Citation:"Acronyms and Initialisms." Institute of Medicine. 1986. Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/646.
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Suggested Citation:"Acronyms and Initialisms." Institute of Medicine. 1986. Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/646.
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Acronyms anct InitiaTisms ACRONYMS AND INITIALISMS AAA AAHA AARP ADL AHCA - Area Agency on Aging American Association of Homes for the Aging American Association of Retired Persons Activities of Daily Living American Health Care Association AoA - Administration on Aging ASHFLCD- Association of State Health Facility Licensing and Certification Directors DRG - Diagnosis-Related Group GAO - U.S. General Accounting Office HCFA - Health Care Financing Administration (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) HEW - U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare HHA - Home Health Agency HHS - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HSQB - Health Standards Quality Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Financing Administration) ICE - Intermediate Care Facility IOC - Inspection of Care IOM - Institute of Medicine 405

406 / ACRONYMS AND INITIALIS3IS IPR - Independent Professional Review JCAH - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals MMACS - Medicare Medicaid Automated Certif ication System NCCNHR - National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform NCHS - National Center for Health Statistics NIA - National Institute on Aging NNHS - National Nursing Home Survey OAA - Older Americans Act ONHA - Office of Nursing Home Affairs ORD - Office of Research and Development (U.S. - Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Financing Administration) OTA - Office of Technology Assessment (U.S. Congress) PRO - Professional Standards Review Organization SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility SSA - Social Security Administration SSI - Supplemental Security Income UR - Utilization Review VA - U.S. Veterans Administration

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As more people live longer, the need for quality long-term care for the elderly will increase dramatically. This volume examines the current system of nursing home regulations, and proposes an overhaul to better provide for those confined to such facilities. It determines the need for regulations, and concludes that the present regulatory system is inadequate, stating that what is needed is not more regulation, but better regulation. This long-anticipated study provides a wealth of useful background information, in-depth study, and discussion for nursing home administrators, students, and teachers in the health care field; professionals involved in caring for the elderly; and geriatric specialists.

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