ACOs and EHRs and HIT, oh my!

I was working on a freelance assignment about value-based purchasing models earlier this week for a health care newsletter. I frequently write for this particular newsletter, and I often tackle topics like the Affordable Care Act, health care workforce issues, and health information technology, and other issues of importance to health care providers.

As I was going through my notes, I became amused at all the acronyms. FFS (fee for service). CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). ACO (accountable care organization). HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). HIT (health information technology). EHR (electronic health record, which my autocorrect stubbornly insists on changing to HER every single time.) And then there’s whole alphabet soup of health care organizations and professional groups. AHA, AMA, ANA, AACN, AAMC, etc. etc. etc.

Is there any industry that is more laden with acronyms than health care? I’ve asked this question before, of course, but I started to wonder. So I posed that question on Facebook yesterday, and many of my friends and colleagues weighed in with their suggestions. Banking, one declared. Education, several teachers said. The government (I can see that), and the aerospace industry were also nominated.

What do you think?


About jenniferlarsonwrites

I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in English from Rhodes College. I'm a born-and-bred Southerner who spent a few years in Southern California, a rabid baseball fan and a would-be grower of tomatoes. You can also visit me at LinkedIn or on Twitter at @JenniferLarson.
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