A tool increasingly used by physicians in hospitals as a reminder to follow certain steps to reduce hospital-acquired infections or surgical errors.

cherry picking

The practice of insurance companies taking only those businesses or individuals that are good health risks, and avoiding higher health risks. Also called”skimming.”The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions, such as guaranteed issue and risk...

Children’s Health Insurance Program

A program created by a 1997 law to provide federal matching funds for states to spend on health coverage for uninsured kids. The program is designed to reach uninsured children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private...

Choosing Wisely

An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation that promotes conversations between patients and physicians by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free...

chronic care

Medical services provided to those with long-term medical conditions. (Contrast with acute care.)