Acronyms introduction: The most important fact about acronyms and professional jargon is that it is not necessary for any of this work. In fact

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The most important fact about acronyms and professional jargon is that it is not necessary for any of this work. In fact, the use of acronyms and jargon can interfere with effective communication and leave people feeling excluded and inadequate. Everyone who is not familiar with the acronyms and jargon have a right to expect the use of common, understandable language.
AA Alcoholics Anonymous

AAA Area Agency on Aging

AARP American Association of Retired Persons

ADAAG Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines

AAAAM Area Agency on Aging Association of Michigan

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

ADAPT Americans with Disabilities for Attendant Programs Today

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADLs Activities of Daily Living

AFC Adult Foster Care

ARC Advocacy Organization for Parents/People with Disabilities

ASL American Sign Language

ASM Autism Society of Michigan

AT Assistive Technology
BCBSM Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan

BFD Barrier Free Design

BI Brain Injury

BIA Brain Injury Association
CAA Community Action Agency

CBC Citizens for Better Care

CIL Center for Independent Living

CMH Community Mental Health

CP Cerebral Palsy

CRC Council of RICC Chairpersons

CSR Consumer Service Record
DCH Department of Community Health (oversees Michigan’s long term care programs)

DD Developmental Disability

DDC Developmental Disabilities Council (also MDDC)

DDI Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University

DELEG Department of Labor and Economic Growth

DHS Department of Human Services (formerly FIA Michigan’s social service agency)

DCW Direct Care Worker

DOJ Department of Justice
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EI Emotionally Impaired

ENP Emergency Needs Program
FA Family Assistance

FCC Federal Communications Commission

FIA Family Independence Agency (now DHS—Michigan’s social service agency)

FHA Fair Housing Authority

FSN Family Support Network

FY Fiscal Year
GF/GP General Fund/General Purpose
HAB Habilitation Waiver (Used under Community Mental Health for people with developmental disabilities)

HCBS Home and Community-Based Service Waiver in Michigan it is also called MIChoice

HFA Home for the Aged

HI Hearing Impaired

HUD Housing and Urban Development
IADLs Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

ICF/MR Intermediate Care Facility for people with mental retardation

I&R Information and Referral (Specialist)

IL Independent Living

ILP Independent Living Plan

IPS/IPP Individual Plan of Service/Independent Program Plan
JFA Justice for All (a disability rights list serve)
LTC Long Term Care

LTCOP Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
MA Medical Assistance (Medicaid)

MACIL Michigan Association of Centers for Independent Living

MCB Michigan Commission for the Blind

MCDC Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns

MCQC Michigan Campaign for Quality Care

MD Muscular Dystrophy

MQCCC (MQC3) Michigan Quality Community Care Council

MDRC Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

MFP Money Follows the Person

MH Mental Health

MI Mental Illness

MiCASSA Medicaid Community Attendant Services & Supports Act

MIChoice Michigan’s Home and Community-Based Service Waiver

MIWorks! Michigan Works

MPAS Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service

MS Multiple Sclerosis

MSA Medicaid Services Administration

MSHDA Michigan State Housing Development Authority
NA Narcotics Anonymous

NASW National Association of Social Workers

NF/NH Nursing Facility/Nursing Home

NFT/NHT Nursing Facility/Home Transition

NFTI Nursing Facility Transition Initiative
OCR Office of Civil Rights

OT Occupational Therapist
PA Personal Assistant

PAS Personal Assistant Services

PASS Plan to Achieve Self-Sufficiency

PCP Person-Centered Planning

PDS Physical Disability Services

PT Physical Therapist
RCSC Real Choice Systems Change (Federal grant)
SCI Spinal Cord Injury

SDA State Disability Assistance

SGA Substantial Gainful Activity

SILC State Independent Living Council

SSI Social Security Income

SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance

SSA Social Security Administration
TA Technical Assistance
UCP United Cerebral Palsy

CIL Organizational Acronyms
CILs Centers for Independent Living

AACIL Ann Arbor CIL (Ann Arbor area)

BWCIL Blue Water CIL (Port Huron Area)

CACIL Capital Area CIL (Lansing Area)

CC Community Connections (Benton Harbor Area)

CILMM CIL of Mid-Michigan (Midland Area)

DAKC Disability Advocates of Kent County (Grand Rapids Area)

DC Disability Connection (Muskegon Area)

DRC Disability Resource Center (Kalamazoo Area)

C/W CIL Detroit/Wayne CIL (Detroit area)

JCIL Jackson CIL (Jackson area)

LCIL Lakeshore CIL (Holland Area)

NMAIL Northern Michigan Alliance for IL (Traverse City area)

O/M CIL Oakland & Macomb CIL (Oakland and Macomb county area)

SAIL Superior Alliance for IL (Marquette area)

TDN The Disability Network (Flint Area)

Medical Acronyms you may see in Nursing Home Charts
*Please note—the Independent Living Philosophy does not support using diagnoses or medical labels as a means of defining people. These labels and terms do not in any way predict success in transitioning out of the nursing facilities. They are being provided here to help you understand the jargon that may be used by medical staff and doctors. Educating yourself about the language they use will make you a better advocate for yourself and others.
AMA Against Medical Advice

ABT Antibiotic

A&O X 3 Alert & Oriented to person, place, and time

A+O Alert and oriented

BID Twice a day

BKA Below the knee amputation

BP Blood Pressure

CA Cancer

CC Care Conference and/or Clinical Coordinator

COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

C/O Complains of

CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke)

D/C Discharge

DM Diabetes Mellitus

DNR Do not resuscitate

Fx Fracture

Gtts Drops

HR Hip Replacement

HTN Hypertension

H/P History and Physical

Hx History

HS Hour of sleep (a prescription might be taken QHS or at bedtime)

IDDM Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

LOC Level of Care

LOS Length of Stay

MI Myocardial Infarct (Heart Attack)

NKMA No known medical allergies

NPO Nothing by mouth

ORIF Open Reduction Internal Fixation (usually refers to hip fracture with surgery to correct it, but can refer to other bone breaks with surgery to correct)

PRN As needed

Q Every

QD Once a day

QID Four times per day

QOD Every other day

r/t Related to

ROM Range of motion

S/P Status Post (as in S/P MI—or status after heart attack)

TIA Transient Ischemic Attack (often called a min-stroke)

TID Three times per day

UTI Urinary tract infection

VS Vital Signs (chart may say VS WNL or vital signs within normal limits)

WNL Within normal limits

W/C Wheelchair
For a more exhaustive list of medical abbreviations see: or

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