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UW Health Acronym Guide by Category

UW Health Acronym Guide by Category - Inside UW Health, About Us, Employee Handbook (UWHC), Other Important Information



CME Continuing Medical Education
DGME   Direct Graduate Medical Education 
GME    Graduate Medical Education
IME    Indirect Medical Education

General Business/Finance

AWI  Area Wage Index
ACIG   Ambulatory Care Innovation Grant
BOD  Board of Directors
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
ETF Employee Trust Funds (Wisconsin)
FTE Full-time Equivalent
GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GL General Ledger
IS Information Services
IT Information Technology
NLP Natural Language Processing
PO Purchase Order
PSFS PeopleSoft Financial System
RFP Request for Proposal
SGR Sustainable Growth Rate
TER Travel Expense Request

General Clinical

ACT Asthma Control Test
BCS Breast Cancer Screening
CAUTI Catheter-Assisted Urinary Tract Infection
CLABSI Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
GI Gastro Intestinal 
HAC Hospital Acquired Condition 
IMC Immediate Care 
MRSA Methicillin Resistant Staff Aureas

General Health Care

ACO Accountable Care Organization
ACS Ambulatory Care Specifications
C of C Coordination of Care
CAH Critical Access Hospital
CKM Clinical Knowledge Management
CON Certificate of Need (state-level regulatory approach for controlling capacity)
CPOE Computerized Order Entry
EHR Electronic Health Record
EMR Electronic Medical Record
EMTALA The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center (defined by Medicare and Medicaid statutes)
GIM General Internal Medicine
HCAHPS Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
HEDIS Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set
HHA Home Health Agency
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIT Health Information Technology
HVBP Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
IM Internal Medicine
IPPS Inpatient Prospective Payment System
LTCH Long-Term Care Hospital
MedPAR Medicare Payment Analysis and Review
MRN Medical Record Number
MU Meaningful Use
NPSG National Patient Safety Goals
OPO Organ Procurement Organization
OPPS Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems
P4P Pay for Performance
PCMH Patient Centered Medical Home
PQRI Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
QI Quality Improvement
QUM Quality and Utilization Management
RCA Root Cause Analysis
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SRE Serious Reportable Adverse Events
STEEEP Safety, Timeliness, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity, Patient Centeredness
VBP Value Based Purchasing
WISCR Wisconsin Computerized Medical Records System


AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
ACGME Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education
AHAPAC American Hospital Association Political Action Committee
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AMA American Medical Association
AONE American Organization of Nurse Executives (an AHA subsidiary)
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CMI Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
 CTRI Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
FDA Food and Drug Administration
GPIN Group Practice Improvement Network
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HRET Health Research and Education Trust
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration (part of HHS)
IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement
IOM Institute of Medicine
Leapfrog The Leapfrog Group (founded by Business Roundtable; focuses on quality and patient safety)
MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
NACH National Association of Children’s Hospitals
NCHL National Center for Healthcare Leadership
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NQF National Quality Forum
OIG Office of Inspector General
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
P&T   Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
TJC The Joint Commission
UHC University Health System Consortium (located in Oakbrook, IL)
WCHQ Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
WHA Wisconsin Hospital Association
WHIO Wisconsin Health Information Organization

Job Titles

APN Advanced Practice Nurse
DA Department Administrators (SMPH Depts / Clinical)
MD Medical Doctor
NP Nurse Practitioner
PA Physician Assistant
PCP Primary Care Provider
QA Quality Analyst
RAC Recovery Audit Contractor
RAs Research Assistants
RN Registered Nurse


ACHC Access Community Health Center
GHC Group Health Cooperative
MAQIN Madison Area Quality Improvement Network
MBFC Meriter Based Faculty Council
PPIC Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
PSC Public Service Commission Building (610 N. Whitney Way)
SAHS Swedish American Health System
WTC Wisconsin Trade Center


FMEA Failure Modes & Effect Analysis
IE Industrial Engineering
L&D Learning & Development
OL Outlook
PDCA Plan Do Check Act

UW Health Locations

1SP One S. Park Street
20SP 20 S. Park Street
AFCH American Family Children’s Hospital
AOB Administrative Office Building (Middleton)
ASB Administrative Services Building
Big East East Clinic
Big West West Clinic
CCKM Center for Clinical Knowledge Management
CSC Clinical Science Center (another name for UW Hospital building)
HSLC Health Science Learning Center (Medical School Building)
ITS Information Technology Services (located at 8007 Excelsior Dr.)
MF Medical Foundation
MFCB Medical Foundation Centennial Building
OA Odana Atrium (Clinic)
SMPH School of Medicine and Public Health
SON School of Nursing
SOP School of Pharmacy
TAC UW Health at The American Center
U Station University Station Clinic
UBD University Bay Drive (Building)
UBOB University Bay Office Building
UStation University Station Clinic
UWHC University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
UWMF University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
UWSMPH University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
WDI Wisconsin Dialysis Institute (Fitchburg and East side)
WIMR Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research
WISPIC Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (Psych Clinic)

UW Health Specific

BCSMG Breast Cancer Screening Management Group
C of C Council of Chairs
CCPI Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative
COG Clinic Operations Group
COSM Clinic Operations Senior Management
CQIC Clinical Quality Improvement Council
DFM Department of Family Medicine
DHC Digestive Health Center
EQIC Executive Quality Improvement Council
GW GroupWise
HEET Health Event Evaluation Team
HIP Health Innovation Program
HL Health Link (electronic health record)
HLCow Health Link Clinic Operations Work Group
HOD Hospital Outpatient Department (Health Link designation)
HOPIT Hands-On Performance Improvement Training
NEO New Employee Orientation
OCPD Office of Continuing Professional Development
OPS (Clinic) Operations
PBS Patient Business Services
PCC Primary Care Committee
PCHLAG Primary Care Health Link Advisory Group
PCRI Primary Care Redesign Initiative Planning Group
PFA Patient-Family Advisor
PFAC Patient and Family Advisory Council
PI Rounds Practice Improvement Rounds
PIE Process Improvement Education
PIRMS Performance Improvement, Risk Management and Safety
PRG Pocket Reference Guide
PSN Patient Safety Net
QC Quality Council
QIC Quality Improvement Committee
QSI Quality, Safety and Innovation Department
RAD Rapid Access Diabetes Education
RUG Resource Utilization Group
RWB Reporting Workbench
SAFE Surgical and Anesthesia Facilitation and Evaluation
SSPI Safety & Satisfaction Performance Improvement
TLC Trauma and Life Support Center
UHC University Health Care, Inc.
UWHIN UW Health Improvement Network