Healthcare Administration Organizations and Acronyms
Learn about organizations and their acronyms in healthcare administration careers.
There are many professional organizations that can offer support as you start your career in healthcare administration.
From networking to continuing education opportunities, these organizations can give invaluable help to professionals in the health care field. Getting involved with your local chapter of a professional organization can be a great benefit to your career.
Take a look at the following list of healthcare administration organizations and their acronyms to become familiar with important organizations in this field.
|Acronym||What it Means / Stands For|
|AAPC||American Academy of Professional Coders|
|ACHCA||American College of Health Care Administrators|
|ACHE||American College of Healthcare Executives|
|AHIMA||American Health Information Management Association|
|AUPHA||Association of University Programs in Health Administration|
|CAHIIM||Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education|
|CAHME||Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education|
|HIPAA||Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act|
|ICD-9-CM||International Classification of Diseases. The official system of assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures associated with hospital utilization in the United States|
|OSHA||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
Healthcare Administration Certifications & Acronyms
As you start your health care administration career, it’s important to know the certification requirements for your particular field. However, even if certification isn’t required for your job, you may find that employers prefer to hire those who have completed certification.
Here are some of the certifications health care administration professionals may choose to pursue:
|CCA||Certified Coding Associate for new coders. Offered by AHIMA.|
|CCS||Certified Coding Specialist for experienced coders working in a hospital setting. Offered by AHIMA.|
|CCS-P||Certified Coding Specialist for experienced coders working in a physician-based setting. Offered by AHIMA.|
|CPC||Certified Professional Coder for coders with at least 2 years of experience working in a physician-based setting. Offered by AAPC.|
|CPC-H||Certified Professional Coder for coders with at least 2 years of experience in a hospital setting. Offered by AAPC.|
|CPC-P||Certified Professional Coder-Payer for experienced coders who demonstrate skills to adjudicate provider claims effectively. Offered by AAPC.|
|RHIA||Registered Health Information Administrators. Offered by AHIMA.|
|RHIT||Registered Health Information Technicians. Offered by AHIMA.|