Glossary of Terms
An independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards. In addition to these programs, CMS has other responsibilities, including the administration of hospital quality standards as well as those in other entities such as clinical laboratories and long term care facilities.
VHI (Virginia Health Information)
Virginia Health Information is a state organization that works with private and public bodies to gathers and reports health data of interest and benefit to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Leapfrog Group works to encourage hospital performance measurement transparency and easy access to health care information. It seeks to reward hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care. The "Leapfrog Hospital Survey" is also administered by this group with results publicly accessible.