Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

In many cases,
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see Outreach and Education
Also see: Outreach and Education

Obamacare refers to the Health Care Reform Act. Health Care Reform Bill, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This historic piece of legislation was passed during President Barack Obama's first term of office. Though hotly contested, the US Supreme Court decisions was that Obamacare was constitutional.
Also see: Health Care Reform Bill, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform Act

Office for Civil Rights (OCR),. Dept of Health and Human Services
Also see: Office for Civil Rights

Office of Clinical Standards and Quality (PCSQ), an office in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) (OESS) is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. OESS is enforcer of HIPAA 5010 EDI transaction requirements.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the government agency charged with the enforcement of HIPAA rules and regulations.
Also see: OCR

Office of Health Information Technology Adoption (OHITA)

Office of Interoperability & Standards (OIS)

Office of Management & Budget (OMB)


Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). ONC has been tasked with coordinating the implementation and use of health information technology under the HITECH Act electronic health record (EHR) incentive plan. ONC is the preferred abbreviation for ONCHIT.
Also see: ONCHIT

ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body
Also see: ONC

see ONC. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Also see: ONC

Office of Programs & Coordination (OPC)

Open Heart Surgery refers to surgery requiring an opening of the chest. Open heart surgery may or may not include an opening up of the heart. It may involve surgeries on other parts of the chest for instance, the arteries of the heart, valves or the muscles of the heart.

Also see: Heart Bypass Surgery

Office of Policy & Research (OPR)

Operating room (OR) or surgery center

Outreach and Education (O&E) are services / functions provided by Regional Extension Centers (REC) established under the HITECH Act
Also see: O&E

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