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(Health Matinance Organization) Covers routine preventative care. Must go to in-network providers. Usually have Low premiums/deductibles


(Preferred Provider Organization) Covers routine preventative care. My use in-network or out-of-network providers (at a higher cost to you). Usually have higher premiums.

Workers' Compensation

for those who have been injured on the job. Pays for lost wage because of injury.

Organizational Structure

a chart which varifies the size of a medical office and the number of people employed.

Managed Care

some employers make sure money is not being spended wastefully. You may need a recommendation to see specialists.


insurance plan for people 65+ and for disabled (who have received social security benefits for at least 2 years).


insurance plan for low income families, children who qualify for public assistance and for the disabled/blind. Operated by individual states.


this type of medical facility performs complex surgeries, treats the very ill and performs special diagnostic tests.

Long-term care facilities

this type of facility provides assistance and care for the elderly.

Emergency Care Services

this place provides care for sudden accidents or illness.

Dental Offices

provide dental services

Mental Health Facilities

include guidance, counseling, and chemical abuse treatments centers

Home Health Care

provides care in patient's home


a group of doctors who share a facility


they provide care to help patients with physical or mental disabilities obtain maximum self care and function.

Holistic Healthcare

type of healthcare that promotes physical, emotional and social well-being.

Medical Offices

offer several different services such as minor surgery, examinations and basic laboratory tests.

OBRA act of 1987

lead to the development of regulations for long-term care.

Health Departments

is responsible for the well-being of the population. They may collect statistics, set up clinics for healthcare.

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)

federal agency established in 1990 to research the quality of health care delivery and identify the standards of treatment that should be provided

Alternative Therapies

Method of treatment used in place of biomedical therapies

assisted living facilities

allow individuals who can care for themselves to rent or pruchase and apartment in the facility. Provides services such as:meals, housekeeping. laundry, transportation, social events, and basic medical care

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

they deal with causes, spread and control of diseases in the population.

Complementary Therapies

methods of treatment that used in conjunction with conventional medical therapies.

Cost Containment

Means of trying to control the rising cost of health care

diagnostic related groups (DRGs)

A medicare hospital payment system, which classifies each medicare patient according to his or her illness.

Food and Drug Administration

federal agency responsible for regulation food and drug products sold to the public

Genetic counseling centers

can be an independent facility or located in another facility such as a hospital, clinic, or physician's office; genetic counselors work with couples or individuals who are pregnant or considering a pregnancy

geriatric care

care provided to elderly individuals

health insurance plans

Plans that assist with health care cost


program designed to provide care for the terminally ill while allowing them to die with dignity

Independent living facilities

for individuals who can care for themselves rent or purchase apartments; the facility provides services such as meals, housekeeping, transportation,and social events

industrial health care centers

health care center located within a large company; used by the employees of the company


facilities where specimen's such a urine or blood are collected and analyzed

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

federal agency which is involved in research on disease(s)

nonprofit agencies

agencies supported by donations, fundraisers or federal and state state grants.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

federal agency that establishes and enforces standards that protect workers from job-related injuries and illnesses

optical centers

facilities that provide eye examinations, prescribe glasses or make prescribtion glasses

school health services

located in schools and colleges for the provision of emergency care and sudden illness; may also provide health screening for visual or hearing problems

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS)

federal agency that whose focus is the health problems of the US population

voluntary agencies

a non-profit agency


state of being in good health; well

World Health Organization (WHO)

an international agency whose focus is the health problems in the world

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