Acronym List

Listed below are acronyms that are commonly encountered in the assisted living industry in North Carolina and beyond.

Click on the links below to learn more about the acronyms, programs, services, etc.

North Carolina State Government Offices and Agencies

DCR
Department of Cultural Resources
DHHS
Department of Health and Human Services
DAAS
Division of Aging and Adult Services
DHSR
Division of Health Service Regulation
DMA
NC Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits
DMH/DD/SAS
Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
DPH/CDI
Division of Public Health
DSB
Division of Services for the Blind
DSDHH
Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DSS
Division of Social Services
DVR
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DOI
Department of Insurance
DOJ
Department of Justice
DOT
Department of Transportation
NCBSE
North Carolina Board of State Elections
NCCCS
North Carolina Community College System
NCCVCS
North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
NCHFA
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

North Carolina Regional or County Government

AAA
Area Agency on Aging
LME
Local Management Entities, the regional organization that manages the delivery of public mental health services

Federal Government

ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
CMS
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS
HHS
US Department of Health and Human Services
HUD
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
IRS
Internal Revenue Service
MIPPA
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act
MMA
Medicare Modernization Act
PPACA
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
USDA
US Department of Agriculture

Other Organizations and Partnerships

AARP NC
North Carolina chapter of AARP
ALFA (now Argentum)
Argentum (formerly Assisted Living Federation of America)
CCME
Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
FOR
Friends of Residents
GAC
Governor's Advisory Council on Aging
NCCCN
North Carolina Community Care Network
NCACDSS
North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services
NCALA
North Carolina Assisted Living Association
NCAOA
North Carolina Association on Aging
NCBAM
North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministries
NCSG
North Carolina Senior Games
UNC IOA
Institute on Aging, serving the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina (UNC), located in Chapel Hill
UNC CARES
Center for Aging Research and Educational Services, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Grants, Projects, and Programs

APS
Adult Protective Services, a Division of Aging and Adult Services
CAC
Community Advisory Committee volunteer advocates appointed by county commissions, who are part of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
FCSP
Family Caregiver Support Program, a Division of Aging and Adult Services
FNS
Food and Nutrition Services (formerly known as Food Stamps)
HCCBG
Home and Community Care Block Grant
ILRP
Independent Living Rehabilitation Program
LIS
Low-Income Subsidy or "extra-help" provides financial assistance for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources
MFP
Money Follows the Person
MOST
Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment
MSP
Medicare Savings Program is a Medicaid program for people who have Medicare and also have limited income and resources.
NORC
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
PACE
Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
SA-ACH
Special Assistance Adult Care Program
SA/IH
Special Assistance In-Home Program
S.A.F.E.
Strategic Alliances for Elders in Long-Term Care
SCSEP
Senior Community Service Employment Program
SSBG
Social Services Block Grant
SSI
Supplemental Security Income

Other Abbreviations

CON
Certificate of Need
DNR
Do Not Resuscitate (get the form at this link)
IT
Information Technology
MOA
Memorandum of Agreement
ODIS
Ombudsman Documentation and Information System
QI
Quality Improvement