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  1. Accreditation
    The process through which an organization is recognized for adherence to a group of standards that meet or exceed expectations of the accrediting agaency.
  2. Advent
    A coming into being or use
  3. Allopathic
    A word used to contrast homeopathic medicine with mainstream medicine; describes medicine supposedly characterized by an effort to counteract the symptoms of a disease by administration of treatments that produce effects that are opposite to the sypmtoms
  4. Alternative Medicine
    A variety of therapuetic or preventative health care practices that are alternatives to mainstream medicine, such as chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, and herbal medicine.
  5. Ambulatory
    Able to walk about and not be bedridden
  6. Amenities
    Things that contirbute to comfort, enjoyment, or convenience.
  7. Cardiac Arrhythmias
    Irregular heartbeats resulting from a malfunction of the electrical system of the heart
  8. Case Management
    The process of assessing and planning patient care, including referral and follow-up, to ensure continuity of care and quality management.
  9. Chiropractic
    A medical discipline that focuses on the nervous system and involves manual adjustments of the vertebral column to affect the nervous system to treat various disorders and to promote patient wellness.
  10. Cited
    Quoted by way of example, authority, or proof or mentioned formally in commendation or praise.
  11. Contamination
    A process by which something is made impure, unclean, or unfit for use by the introduction of wholesome or undesirable elements.
  12. Credentialing
    The act of extending professional or medical priveleges to an individual; the process of veryifying and evaluating that person's credentials.
  13. Dissection
    Seperation into pieces and exposure of parts for scientific examination.
  14. Encounter
    Any 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.
  15. Fermentation
    An enzymatically controlled trasnformation of an organic compound
  16. Holistic
    Related to or concerned with all of the systems of the body, rather than breaking it down into parts.
  17. Homeopathy
    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 thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself.
  18. Hospice
    A concept of care that involoves health professionals and volunteers who provide medical, psychologic, and spiritual support to tereminally ill patients and their loved ones.
  19. Indicators
    An important point or goup of statistic values that, when evaluated, indicate the quality of care provided in a healthcare facility.
  20. Indicted
    Charged with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury according to due process of law.
  21. Indigent
    Totally lacking in something or need.
  22. Innate
    Existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual since birth.
  23. Innocuous
    Having no affect, adverse or otherwise; harmless
  24. Mysticism
    THe experience of seeming to have direct communication with God or ultimate reality.
  25. Naturopathy
    An alternative to conventioanl medicine in which holistic methods are used, as well as herbs and natural supplements, with the belief that the body will heal itself. Naturopathic physicians can currently be licensed in 15 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
  26. Osteopathic
    A type of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques in conjunction with conventional medical, surgical, pharmacologic, and other therapeutic procedures.
  27. Pandemic
    A condition in which the majority of the people in a country, a number of countries, or a geographic area are affected.
  28. Peer Review Organization
    A group of medical reviewers contacted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure quality control and medical necessity of services provided by a facility.
  29. Philanthropist
    An individual who makes an active effort to promote human welfare.
  30. Putrefaction
    Decomposition of animal matter that results in a foul smell
  31. Robotics
    technology dealing with the design, construction, and operation of robots in automation.
  32. Staff Privileges
    Allowance of a healthcare professional to practice within a specific facility
  33. Standards
    Item or indicator used as a measure of quality or compliance with a statutory or accrediting body's policies and regulations.
  34. Subluxations
    Slight misalignments of the vertebrae or a partial dislocation.
  35. Telemedicine
    The use of telecommunications in the practice of medicine, in which great distances can exist among healthcare professionals, colleagues, patients, and students.
  36. Teleradiology
    The use of telecommunications devices to enhance and improve the results of radiologic procedures.
  37. Treatises
    Systematic expositions or arguments in writing a methodic discussion of the facts and principles involved and the conclusions reached.
  38. Triage
    The sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors and treat the sickest patients first.
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