We try to identify acronyms and abbreviations that aren’t in the standard nephrology vocabulary as we go, but if you’re new to nephrology or to our Networks, you may find one you don’t recognize, so we’ve added the list below.  If you encounter an acronynm or abbreviation that you don’t recognize and that’s not on this list, please click on “Leave a Comment” and let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.  Ambiguous and potentially ambiguous acronyms are shown in red.

ANNA also has a table of acronyms on their ESRD Legislative and Regulatory Glossary Fact Sheet at

2728 – CMS Medical Evidence Form
2744 – CMS Annual Facility Survey Form
2746 – CMS Certificate of Death

AAKP – American Association of Kidney Patients
AAPM – MACRA Advanced Alternative Payment Model
AAR – After-Action Report
ABIM – American Board of Internal Medicine
ACA – Affordable Care Act
ACCME – Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
ACO – CMS Accountable Care Organization
ACP – Advance Care Planning
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act or American Diabetes Association
ADC – University of Missouri Division of Nephrology Annual Dialysis Conference
ADPKD – Autosomal Dominant PKD
AFDT – American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation
AHRQ – HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AK – Alaska
AKF – American Kidney Fund
AKI – Acute Kidney Injury
AMR – Antimicrobial Resistance
ANA – American Nurses Association
ANCA – Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody
ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center
ANNA – American Nephrology Nurses’ Association
APF – CCCC Advance Planning Forum
APG – America’s Physician Groups
APM – MACRA Alternative Payment Model
APIC – Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
AR – Antibiotic Resistance
ASN – American Society of Nephrology
ASPR – HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
AST – American Society of Transplantation
ASTS – American Society of Transplant Surgeons

BONENT – Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology
BSI – Bloodstream Infection

C3GN – Complement-mediated glomerulopathy
CA – California
CADialysis – California Dialysis Council (also CDC)
CAHPS – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CAPC – Center to Advance Palliative Care
CAUTI – Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
CCCC – Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
CCN – CMS Certification Number
CDC – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (see also CADialysis)
C.diff – Clostridium difficile
CDR – Commission on Dietetic Registration
CE – Continuing Education
CEC – CMS Comprehensive ESRD Care Model or Initiative
CERC – CDC Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication
CERT – US Computer Emergency Readiness Team
CEU – Continuing Education Unit
CfC – CMS Conditions for Coverage
CHRC – California Pacific Medical Center Community Health Resource Center
CISA – DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
CKD – Chronic Kidney Disease
CKDopps – Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study
CLABSI – Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
CLAS – Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
CMMI – CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
CMS – Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CNSW – NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers
COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act health insurance
COCA – CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity
CofN – Certificate of Need
CON – Certificate of Need
CoP – CMS Conditions of Participation
CPEU – Continuing Professional Education Units
CRE – Carbapenem Resistant Enterococcus bacteria
CRN – NKF Council on Renal Nutrition
CSCKP – Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients
CSTE – Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CY – QIP Calendar Year

DCN- Donor Care Network
DE – NHSN Dialysis Event
DFC – CMS Dialysis Facility Compare
DFR – CMS Dialysis Facility Reports
DHS – US Department of Homeland Security
DOH – Department of Health
DOPPS – Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study
DPP – CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program
DUA – Data Use Agreement

ECE – CMS Disaster Extension/Exception Request Form
ECE – CMS ESRD QIP Extraordinary Circumstances Exception Policy
ED – Emergency Department
EDI – Electronic Data Interchange
EHB – CMS Essential Health Benefits
EHR – Electronic Health Records
EIDM – Enterprise IDentity Management
EMR – Electronic Medical Records
EO – Employment Options
EOL – End of Life
EPIC – CDC Emergency Partners Information Connection
EQRS – ESRD Quality Reporting System
ER – Emergency Room
ESCO – CMS ESRD Seamless Care Organization
ESRD – End Stage Renal Disease (Stage 5)
EUA – FDA Emergency Use Authorization

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
FDA – US Food and Drug Association
FKC – Fresenius Kidney Care
FMC – Fresenius Medical Care
Forum – National Forum of ESRD Networks
FPOC – ESRD QIP Facility Point of Contact
FR – Federal Register
FSGS – Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

GBM – Glomerular basement membrane
GPS – Goodpasture syndrome
GWU – George Washington University

HAB – Harmful Algae Bloom
HAI – Healthcare-Acquired Infection
HAN – CDC Health Alert Network
HCC – Health Care (Emergency Response) Coalition
HCCIC – HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
HCP – Healthcare Personnel
HCV – Hepatitis C Virus
HD – Hemodialysis
HDC – Home Dialysis Central
HDU – Home Dialyzors United
HHD – Home Hemodialysis
HICN – CMS Health Insurance Claim Number
HIE – Health Information Exchange
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPP – AKF Health Insurance Premium Program
HLA – Human Leukocyte Antigens
HRSA – HHS Health Resources & Services Administration
HSAG – Health Services Advisory Group

ICH – In-Center Hemodialysis
ID – Idaho
IFKF – International Federation of Kidney Foundations
IHI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement
IHS – US Indian Health Service
IMPACT – Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014
IPD – In-Center Peritoneal Dialysis
IPRO – Island Peer Review Organization QIO-QIN
ISHD – International Society for Hemodialysis
ISN – International Society of Nephrology

JAN – US Dept of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy Job Accommodation Network

KCER – Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition
KDIGO – Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes
KDOQI – Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative
KECC – University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center
KHI – ASN Kidney Health Initiative
KPAC – Forum Kidney Patient Advisory Council

LAN – Learning and Action Network

MA – Medicare Advantage health insurance plan
MAC – ESRD Forum Medical Advisory Council
MACRA – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
MAH – Master Account Holder

MAP – National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership
MBD – Mineral and Bone Disease
MBI – Medicare Beneficiary Identifier
MCR – Medicare Cost Report
MEI – Medical Education Institute
MIPS – MACRA Merit-based Incentive Payment System
MLN – Medicare Learning Network
MMO – Medication Management and Opioid Initiative
MMWR – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MOC – ABIM Maintenance of Certification
MPGN – Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis
MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
MSP – Medicare Secondary Payer
MSSP – Medicare Shared Savings Program
MT – Montana
MTPPI – Medical Technology & Practice Patterns Institute

NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAACP ACE – NAACP Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity
NANT – National Association of Nephrology Technicians
NASW – National Association of Social Workers
NCC – ESRD National Coordinating Center
NCTA – National Care Transitions Awareness Day
NCTRC – National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
NDEP – CDC National Diabetes Education Program
NECP – DHS CISA National Emergency Communications Plan
NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
NHPCO – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
NHSN – CDC National Healthcare Safety Network
NIAM – National Immunization Awareness Month (August)
NICE – Nursing Infection Control Education Network
NIDDK – NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
NIH – National Institutes of Health
NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
NKDEP – NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program
NKF – National Kidney Foundation
NKR – National Kidney Registry
NMC – CMS New Medicare Card
NPC – CMS National Provider Call
NPSF – National Patient Safety Foundation
NRAA – National Renal Administrators Association
NTDS – ASN Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Project
NTP – CMS National Training Program
NW – Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska), Network 16
NW16 – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska
NW18 – Southern California
NWRD – Northwest Renal Dietitians

OCR – HHS Office for Civil Rights
OCT – CW Outreach, Communication, and Training
ODF – CMS Open Door Forum conference call
OHA – Oregon Health Authority
OHF – Oregon Health Forum
OMB – US Office of Management and Budget
ONC – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
OPO – Organ Procurement Organizations
OPSC – Oregon Patient Safety Commission
OPTN – Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
OR – Oregon
ORTP – CDC/SHEA Outbreak Response Training Program

QIN – Quality Innovation Network
QIO – Quality Improvement Organization

PAC – Patient Advisory Committee
PART – CW Patient Attributes and Related Treatments
PBC – Positive Blood Culture
PD – Peritoneal Dialysis
PERC – NKF Professional Education Resource Center
PFA – Patient Family Advisor
PFCC – Patient & Family Centered Care
PFS – Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
PHE – Public Health Emergency
PHI – Protected health information
PII – Personally identifiable information
PKD – Polycystic Kidney Disease
PKG – NKF Portland Kidney Group
PLR – ESRD QIP Patient List Report
POC – Point of Contact for EQRS and QIP
POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
PPS – CMS Prospective Payment System
PRA – Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
PRO – Patient Reported Outcomes (QIP/DFC)
PSC – QIP Performance Score Certificate
PSR – QIP Performance Score Report
PY – QIP Payment Year

QARM – QualityNet Account and Role Management
QDFC – Quarterly DFC
QHP – ACA Qualified Health Plan
QI – Quality Improvement
QIIG – CMS Quality Improvement and Innovation Group
QIMS – CW QualityNet Identity Management System
QIN – Quality Improvement Network
QIO – Quality Improvement Organization
QIP – CMS Quality Incentive Program
QIP100 – CMS QIP 1.0.0 software
QMB – Medicare Savings Program Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
QPP – MACRA Quality Payment Program

RFI – Request for Information
RFP – Request for Proposals
RHA – Renal Healthcare Association (formerly NRAA)
RIC – Resources for [Medicare-Medicaid] Integrated Care
RN – Registered Nurse
RPA – Renal Physicians Association
RRB – Railroad Retirement Board
RRT – Renal Replacement Therapy
RSN – Renal Support Network
RTG – FMC Renal Therapies Group

SAMSHA – HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment
SC – Southern California, Network 18
SCM – NKF Spring Clinical Meetings
SG – Support Group
SHEA – Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
SHIP – State Health Insurance Assistance Program
SHR – Standardized Hospitalization Ratio
SIPC – Safe Injection Practices Coalition
SIR – Standardized Infection (BSI) Ratio
SLMB – Medicare Savings Program Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary
SME – Subject Matter Expert
SMR – Standardized Mortality Ratio
SNF – Skilled Nursing Facility
SONG – Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology study
SONG-GD – Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology – Glomerular Disease
SRR – Standardized Readmission Ratio
SRTR Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
SSA – US Social Security Administration
SSDI – Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI – Social Security InsuranceSSN – Social Security Number
SSNRI – CMS SSN Removal Initiative (now NMC)
SSP – Medicare Shared Savings Program
STRIVE – CDC’s States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement program
STrR – Standardized Transfusion Ratio

TCU – Transitional Care for Urgent Dialysis Starts
TEP – Technical Expert Panel
Ticket – SSA Ticket to Work Program
TPNIES – CMS Transitional Add-On Payment Adjustment for New and Innovative Equipment and Supplies
TPS – QIP Total Performance Score
TRACIE – HHS ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

UCLA – University of California at Los Angeles
UCSF – University of California at San Francisco
UFR – Ultrafiltration Rate
UKEEP – UCLA Kidney Education Enhancement Program
UM-KECC – University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center
UMKC – University of Missouri Kansas City
UNOS – United Network for Organ Sharing
US-CERT – US Computer Emergency Readiness Team
USPHS – US Public Health Service
UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

VA – Vascular Access or US Department of Veterans Affairs
VRE – Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus bacteria
VRSA – Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

WA – Washington
WHO – UN World Health Organization
WIHI – Free audios from IHI
WISE – SSA Ticket to Work Program Work Incentive Seminar Events