Health Policy Acronyms

Last Updated: February 2015

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AAA

Area Agency on Aging

AAPCC

Adjusted Average Per Capita Cost

ACL

Administration for Community Living

ACO

Accountable Care Organization

ACA ADL

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also, “PPACA”)

Activities of Daily Living

AFDC AHRQ ALOS

Aid to Families with Dependent Children

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Average Length of Stay

AMP AOA

Average Manufacturer Price

Administration on Aging

APC

Ambulatory Payment Classification

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

ASC ASO ASP

Ambulatory Surgical Center Administrative Services Only

Average Sales Price

AV

Actuarial Value

AWP

Average Wholesale Price

BBA

Balanced Budget Act of 1997

BBRA BIPA BPCI

Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999

Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of2000

Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (Initiative)

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