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Hospice Acronyms & Definitions

IDG Team Members


SN – Skilled Nurse

HA – Hospice Aide

MSW – Medical Social Worker

SC – Spiritual Counselor, Chaplain

BC – Bereavement Coordinator

HMD – Hospice Medical Director

HP – Hospice Physician

NP – Nurse Practitioner

PA – Physician’s Assistant

VC – Volunteer Coordinator

VOL – Volunteer

PT – Physical Therapist

OT – Occupational Therapist

ST – Speech Therapist

Diet – Dietary Counselor

Music – Music Therapy

Aroma – Aroma Therapy

Massage – Massage Therapy

Healing Touch – Healing Touch Therapy

Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy

Pet – Pet Therapy

General Terminology


CAHPS – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

CHC/CC – Continuous Home Care; Continuous Care; Crisis Care Level of Care

CTI – Certification of Terminal Illness

CTI-A – Certification of Terminal Illness – Attending Physician

CTI-H – Certification of Terminal Illness – Hospice Physician

GIP – General Inpatient Level of Care

FTF – Face-to-Face

HIS – Hospice Item Set

IDG – Interdisciplinary Group

IPOC – Initial Plan of Care

IRC – Inpatient Respite Care

LOC – Level of Care

POC – Plan of Care

QA – Quality Assurance

QAPI – Quality Assurance Performance Improvement

RHC – Routine Home Care

Billing Terminology


811 – Admit Through Discharge

812 – Initial Claim

813 – Continuing Claim

814 – Final Claim

817 – Replacement of Prior Claim

818 – Void/Cancel Claim

81A – NOE

81B – NOTR

81C – NOE – Transfer

ADR – Additional Development (Documentation) Request

CWF – Common Working File

DDE – Direct Data Entry

DOS – Dates of Service

HIQA – Health Insurance Query Access

HIQH – Health Insurance Query Home Health or Hospice

MSP – Medicare Secondary Payer

NOE – Notice of Election

NOTR – Notice of Termination or Revocation

SIA – Service Intensity Add-On

TOB – Type of Bill

Clinical Terminology


ADL – Activities of Daily Living

BMI – Body Mass Index

DME – Durable Medical Equipment

FAST – Functional Assessment Staging Tool

KPS – Karnofsky Performance Scale

LCD – Local Coverage Determination

MAC – Mid-Arm Circumference

NYHA – New York Heart Association Classification

PBM – Pharmacy Benefit Manager

PPS – Palliative Performance Scale

Index