Glossary of Acronyms

Common acronyms used in the orthopaedics field.
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AAHKS American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
AAHS American Association for Hand Surgery
AAMC American Association of Medical Colleges
AANA Arthroscopy Association of North America
AAOS American Academy (c3)/Association (c6) of Orthopaedic Surgeons
ABJS Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons (owns CORR, is managed by AAOS)
AMBS American Board of Medical Specialties
ABOS American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
ACCME Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education
ACE Medicare Acute Care Episode
ACO Accountable Care Organization
ACOEM American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
AdvaMed Advanced Medical Technology Association
AHQR Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
AJRR American Joint Replacement Registry
AOA American Orthopaedic Association
AOFAS American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
AOSSM American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
AQA Ambulatory Quality Alliance
ARC AAOS Advocacy Resource Committee
ASES American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
ASM The Alliance for Specialty Medicine
ASSH American Society for Surgery of the Hand
ASIA American Spinal Injury Association
AUC Appropriate Use Criteria (AAOS)
BOC Board of Councilors (AAOS)
BOS Board of Specialty Societies (AAOS)
CAP Committee Appointment Program (AAOS)
CCJR Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (Medical Education)
CCR Coding Coverage and Reimbursement Committee (AAOS) – Committee tasked with developing
and refining/defining new/old codes.
CERT Audit Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CMS)
CJR Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (Medicare Bundled Payment)
CMI (CMMI) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMSS Council of Medical Specialty Societies
CPG Clinical Practice Guidelines
CPT Codes Current Procedure Terminology
CORQAT Council on Research, Quality Assessment, and Technology (AAOS)
CORR Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research Journal
CSRS Cervical Spine Research Society
EBM Evidence-Based Medicine
EHR Electronic Health Records
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EMTALA Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act
EOC Episode of Care
FARE Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education
GME Graduate Medical Education
HAC Hospital-Acquired Condition
HCFA Health Care Financing Administration
HOOS Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score
ICJR The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction
ICL Instructional Course Lectures
ICOE International Center for Orthopaedic Education
IMCA Improving Musculoskeletal Care in America
IOAS In-Office Ancillary Services
IPAB Independent Payment Advisory Board (Medicare)
JAAOS Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
JBJS Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
JRGOS J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
JOA Journal of Arthroplasty
KOOS Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score
LCD Local Coverage Determinations (Medicare)
LFP Leadership Fellows Program
LLRS Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
MAC Medicare Administrative Contractor
MedCAC Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Commission
MedPAC Medicare Evidence Development and Payment Advisory Committee – A congressionallyestablished
group of 17 members that advises Congress regarding Medicare issues.
MGMA Medical Group Management Association
MOC Maintenance of Certification
MORE Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (Awards)
MSSP Medicare Shared Savings Program
MSTS Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
MUC Meaningful Use Criteria (See AUC)
NASS North American Spine Society
NCD National Coverage Determination (Medicare)
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance (Note: NCQA is not a government organization.)
NIAMS National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NIH National Institute of Health
NRMP National Resident Matching Program
NOLC National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference
NQF National Quality Forum
NQF National Quality Foundation
OIOM Orthopaedic Institute of Medicine
Orthopaedic In-Service Training Examination – Given to all orthopaedic residents each year to
monitor their competencies as individual residents, but also evaluate and compare residency
training programs.
OKO Orthopaedic Knowledge Online
OKU Orthopaedic Knowledge Update
OLC Orthopaedic Learning Center
OMLA Orthopaedic Medical Legal Advisor
ORA Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association
OREF Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
ORS Orthopaedic Research Society
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OSAE Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Exam
OSIE Orthopaedic Special Interest Exam
OSMA Orthopaedic Surgical Manufacturers Association
OTA Orthopaedic Trauma Association
P4P Pay-For-Performance
PAC Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC)
PCORI Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
PCPI Physicians’ Consortium for Performance Improvement
PICME Performance Improvement CMS
PIM Performance Improvement Modules
PIPC Partnership to Improve Patient Care
PL Presidential Line
PMI Patient Matching Implants
PROMIS Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System
PSA Public Service Announcement
POSNA Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
PQRI Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PQRS Physician Quality Reporting System
QRUR Quality and Resource Use Report
RAC Recovery Audit Contractor
RJOS Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
RUC RVS (Relative Value Scale) Update Committee (American Medical Association / Specialty Society)
SCIP Surgical Care Improvement Project
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SOMOS Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
SRS Scoliosis Research Society
TJA Total Joint Arthroplasty
TJR Total Joint Replacement
UDI Unique Device Identifier
USBJD/I U.S. Bone and Joint Decade/Initiative
VBM Value-Based Modifier
VBP Value-Based Purchasing
VR-12 Veterans RAND 12 Item Health Survey
YOC Your Orthopaedic Connection