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North Carolina Hospital Association

Serving North Carolina Hospitals & Health Systems


Guide to Healthcare Terms and Acronyms

Health care has its own language, full of complex terms and acronyms that can often be confusing. To assist health care workers, hospital trustees and the community at large to better understand the evolving health care system, NCHA has compiled a Guide to Healthcare Terminology and Acronyms. To ensure its usefulness, NCHA routinely makes updates and additions to the guide.  

The downloadable guide provides brief definitions for many of the industry's medical, financial and government terms, in addition to descriptions of North Carolina healthcare organizations that often interact with hospitals. Terms are organized alphabetically followed by the list of acronyms. Websites are provided for several agencies and organizations.

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