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vocabulary words that are in chapter 2 of Kinns' The Administrative Medical Assistant


The process through which and organization is recognized for adherence to a group of standards that meet or exceed expectations of the accrediting agency.


A coming into being or use.


a word used to contrast homeopathic medicine with mainstream medicine; describes medicines supposedly characterized by an effort to counteract the symptoms of a disease by administration of treatments that produce effects that are opposite to the symptoms.

alternative medicine

A variety of therapeutic or preventative health care practices that are alternative to mainstream medicine, such as chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, and herbal medicine


Able to walk about and not be bedridden


Things that contribute to comfort, enjoyment or convenience.

cardiac arrhythmias

irregular heart beats from a malfunction of the electrical system of the heart.

case management

The process of assessing and planning patient care, including referral and follow-up, to ensure continuity of care and quality management.


A medical discipline that focuses on the nervous system and involves manual adjustment of the vertebral column to affect the nervous system to treat various disorders.


Quoted by way of example, authority, or proof or mentioned formally in commendation or praise.


A process by which something is made impure, unclean, or unfit for use by the introduction of unwholesome or undesirable elements.


the act of extending professional or medical privileges to an individual; the process of verifying and evaluation that person's credentials.


separation into pieces and exposure of parts for scientific examination.


A contact between a healthcare provider and a patient that results in treatment or evaluation of the patient's condition; not limited to in-person contact.


an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound


Related to or concerned with all of the systems of the body, rather than breaking it down in parts.


A type of alternative medicine that attempts to stimulate the body to recover itself; a system of therapy based on the concept that disease can be treated with minute doses of drugs.


A concept of care that involves health professional and volunteers who provide medical, psychologic, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.


An important point or group of statistic values that, when evaluated, indicate the quality of care provided in a healthcare facility.


Charged with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury according to due process of law.


Totally lacking in something of need.


Existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual since birth.


Having no effect, adverse or otherwise; harmless.


The experience of seeming to have direct communication with God or ultimate reality


An alternative to conventional medicine in which holistic methods are used, as well as herbs and natural supplements, with the belief the body will heal itself


A type of medicine base on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorder that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques in conjunction with conventional medical procedures.


A condition in which the majority of the people in a country, or countries or a geographic area are affected

peer review organization

A group of medical reviewers contracted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure quality control and medical necessity of services provides by a facility.


An individual who make an active effort to promote human welfare.


Decomposition of animal matter that results in a foul smell


Technology dealing with the design, construction, and operation of robots in automation.

staff privileges

Allowance of a healthcare professional to practice within a specific facility.


Item or indicator used as a measure of quality or compliance with a statutory of accrediting body's policies and regulations.


Slight misalignments of the vertebrae or partial dislocation


The use of telecommunications in the practice of medicine.


The use of telecommunications devices to enhance and improve the results of radiologic procedures


Systematic expositions or arguments in writing including a methodic discussion of facts an principles involved and the conclusions reached.


The sorting of an allocation of treatment to patients according to a system of priorities

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