- Posted by Austin Swim
- On May 28, 2014
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- commonly used therapeutic acronyms, health billing, insurance claims, therapeutic
“Hey Matt, can you tell me what CT’s were AMA this past year and details about ‘Johnny Be Good’s’ LOC while in their RTC? Great…TTYL!” – Matt C., using commonly used therapeutic acronyms.
The above quote may seem like a typical teenager text message conversation, but drug treatment centers and mental health programs often use acronyms when dealing with insurance or third-party billing companies. It’s a similar coding system approach used by quite a few other industries. The goal is for consistent terminology, or language, to aid in more streamlined communication between companies operating in similar fields. It provides for a smoother billing process and helps with record keeping.
While these acronyms may sound complicated to use, the end result is actually less confusion and improved efficiency. So if you are a therapist or work in a mental health center’s administration department, a quick resource guide in your cubicle is helpful. Or, even treatment centers thinking about working with insurance billing services can benefit from a nice list of these commonly used therapeutic acronyms.
Yes, staring at a bunch of letters you think should belong in your teenagers phone is not as pleasant as a family photo hanging in your cubicle. BUT, you can sure sound “hip” if the younger crowds hear you using DST or POC in conversation. They’ll think you know newer, cooler “text language” lingo before them. Now that’s a good enough reason to memorize the list if you work in the field – especially if you are also a parent trying to “fit in” with your teenager(s) crowd.
There are a few great online resources with a thorough directory of commonly used therapeutic acronyms you may find helpful. Or, you can view our list below.
|ADL: Activities of Daily Living|
|AMA: Against Medical Advice|
|ASAM: American Society of Addiction Medicine (initial assessment)|
|B.I.D.: Twice Daily|
|CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy|
|CT: The Client|
|DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy|
|DSM: Diagnostic Statistical Manual|
|GOP: General Outpatient Program|
|HI: Homicidal Ideation|
|IOP: Intensive Outpatient Program|
|LOC: Level of Care|
|PAI: Personal Assessment Inventory (multi-scale test of psychological functioning)|
|PAWS: Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms|
|PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program|
|POC: Point of Care|
|POC: Point of Collection|
|PRN: As needed|
|Q.I.D.: 4x Daily|
|QAM: Taken in Morning|
|QD: Once Daily|
|QHS: Taken at Bedtime|
|R/O: Rule Out|
|RTC: Residential Treatment Center|
|S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Relevant, Time-bound. (For treatment goals)|
|SI: Suicidal Ideation|
|SLE: Sober Living Environment|
|T.I.D.: 3x Daily|
|UA: Urine Analysis|
|UDS: Urine Drug Screen|
|UR: Utilization Review|
|VOB: Verification of Benefits|