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Definitions and Acronyms

  • AA: Administrative Agency. Dallas County Health & Human Services, that administers the day-to-day operations of the Ryan White contracts
  • Ab: Antibody
  • ACA: Affordable Care Act
  • ACIP: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice
  • ADAP: AIDS Drug Assistance Program, run by the State to provide medications & primary care to uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
  • AIDS: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • aPPT: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
  • ARIES: AIDS Regional Information and Evaluation System
  • ART: Antiretroviral Therapy
  • ASAM: American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • ASI: Addiction Severity Index
  • BIA: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • BUN: Blood Urea Nitrogen
  • CARE/HIPP: Health Insurance Premium Payment
  • CBC: Complete Blood Count
  • CCR5: C-C Chemokine Receptor type 5
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CD4: Cluster of Differentiation 4
  • CLAS: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
  • CLIA: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
  • CNS: Clinical Nurse Assistant
  • COBRA: Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
  • CQM: Clinical Quality Management
  • CT: Chlamydia
  • DADS: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • DCHHS: Dallas County Health and Human Services
  • DIS: Disease Intervention Specialist
  • DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DPA: Dallas Planning Area
  • DSHS: Texas Department of State Health Services
  • DSW: Doctor of Social Work
  • EFA: Emergency Financial Assistance
  • eGFR: Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • EHARS: Enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System
  • EIIHA: Early Intervention of Individuals with HIV/AIDS
  • EIS: Early Intervention Services
  • EMA: Eligible Metropolitan Area – An urban area that received funds under Part A or the Ryan White law. The Dallas EMA consists of 12 counties
  • FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • FPL: Federal Poverty Level
  • FY: Fiscal Year
  • Grantee: The Dallas County Health & Human Services – the agency that oversees Ryan White funds
  • GC: Gonorrhea
  • HAB: HIV/AIDS Bureau
  • HAV: Hepatitis A Virus
  • HBsAb: Hepatitis B Surface Antibody
  • HBV: Hepatitis B Virus
  • HCC: HIV/AIDS Care Continuum
  • HCO3: Bicarbonate
  • HCV: Hepatitis C Virus
  • HDL: High-density lipoprotein
  • HHS: Health and Human Services
  • HIA: Health Insurance Premium and Cost-Sharing Assistance
  • HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HLA-B*5701: Human Leukocyte Antigen Major Histocompatibility Complex, Class I,B
  • HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
  • HRA: High Resolution Anoscopy
  • HRSA: Health Resources Services Administration – The federal agency that administers the Ryan White Act nationally
  • HSDA: Health Service Deliver Area
  • IFB: Invitation for Bid
  • IgG: Immunoglobulin G
  • IGRA: Interferon Gamma Release Agency
  • LDL: Low-density lipoprotein
  • LPAP: Local Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
  • LTBI: Latent Tuberculosis Infection
  • MAC: Mycobacterium Avium Complex
  • MAI: Minority AIDS Initiative – A portion of the Ryan White funds that are targeted to reducing health disparities among minority populations
  • MCM: Medical Case Manager/ Medical Case Management
  • MD: Doctor of Medicine
  • MFR: Monthly Financial Report
  • mL: Milliliter
  • mm3: Cubic Milliliter
  • MMR: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • MMSE: Mini Mental State Examination
  • MNT: Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • MOU: Memorandum of Understanding
  • MS: Master of Science
  • MSM: Men who have Sex with Men
  • MSW: Master of Social Work
  • NGA: Notice of Grant Award
  • NMCM: Non-Medical Case Management
  • NMS: National Monitoring Standards
  • nPEP: Non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis
  • OAHS: Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services
  • OBRA: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
  • Pap: Papanicolauo (test)
  • PAPS: Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs
  • PCN: Policy Clarification Notice
  • PCP: Pneumocystis Pneumonia
  • PCV13: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy
  • PhD: Doctor of Philosophy
  • PHQ-2: Patient Health Questionnaire
  • PEP: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • PLWHA: People Living with HIV or AIDS
  • PPV23: Pheumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
  • PrEP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • PT/INR: Prothrombin and International Normalized Ratio
  • QTF: QuantiFERON TB Test
  • RD: Registered Dietician
  • RFI: Request for Funding Increase
  • RFP: Request for Proposal
  • RN: Registered Nurse
  • RNA: Ribonucleic Acid
  • RWHAP: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
  • RWPC: Ryan White Planning Council
  • Ryan White Treatment Extension Act: The federal legislation that authorizes funds for health and social services for PLWHA. Formerly known as the Ryan White CARE Act
  • SAMISS: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Symptoms Screener
  • SDI: State Disability Insurance
  • SNAP: Supplemental Security Income
  • SOC: Standards of Care
  • SOS: Scope of Services
  • SS: State Services
  • STDs: Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • STIs: Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • TAC: Texas Administrative Code
  • TANF: Temporary Aid to Needy Families
  • TB: Tuberculosis
  • Td: Tetanus and Diphtheria
  • Tdap: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis
  • THMP: Texas HIV Medication Program
  • TMB: Texas Medical Board
  • TST: Tuberculin Skin Test
  • USPSTF: United States Preventive Services Task Force
  • VA: Veteran's Administration Benefits
  • VTCA: Vernon's Texas Code Annotated
  • VVZ: Varicella-Zoster Virus
  • WIC: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children