Acronyms and Abbreviations for Caregivers

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Acronym Full Name 
AAAArea Agency on Aging
ACLAdministration for Community Living
ADLActivities of Daily Living
ADRCAging & Disability Resource Center
ALFAssisted Living Facilities
APSAdult Protective Services 
ATWAging Texas Well 
BHSBehavioral Health Services 
CASCommunity Attendant Services
CLASSCommunity Living Assistance & Support Services
CMNCertificate of Medical Necessity
CMS
DENCDetailed Explanation of Non-Coverage
DFPSDepartment of Family and Protective Services (Texas)
DMEDurable Medical Equipment
DSHSDepartment of State Health Services (Texas)
EOBExplanation of Benefits
EOCEvidence of Coverage
FPLFederal Poverty Level
FVPFamily Violence Program
HCBSHome and Community Based Services
HCBS-AMHHome and Community Based Services, Adult Mental Health
HHSCHealth and Human Services Commission (Texas)
HIPPAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (of 1996)
HMOHealth Maintenance Organization
HUD
IADLsInstrumental Activities of Daily Living
IDDIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities
LBHALocal Behavioral Health Authority
LIDDALocal Intellectual and Development Disability Authority
LMHALocal Mental Health Authority
LISLow Income Subsidy
LTSSLong-term services and supports
MCOManaged Care Organization
MEPDMedicaid for Elderly and People with Disabilities
PAPPatient Assistance Program
PCPPrimary Care Provider
PDPPrescription Drug Plan
PHAPublic Housing Authorities/Agencies (Texas)
PHCPrimary Home care
PPOPreferred Provider Organization
QITQualifying Income Trust (aka Miller Trusts)
QMBQualified Medicare Beneficiary
SEPSpecial Enrollment Period
SLMBSpecified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary
SNFSkilled Nursing Facility
SNAPSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
SNFSkilled Nursing Facility
SPWSTAR+PLUS Waiver
SSA– Social Security Administration
SSDISocial Security Disability Insurance
SSISupplemental Security Income
TDHCATexas Department of Housing & Community Affairs
VAVeteran’s Administration

*Don’t live in Texas? Use the terms above to search for similar services in your state. 

Sources: https://www.medicareinteractive.org/resources/glossary, Aging Texas Well, North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging, and others. 



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