GLOSSARY OF TERMS

CAH (Critical Access Hospital) – Most critical access facilities are CMS licensed.

CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) – is a not-for-profit organization focused on achievable, concrete initiatives designed to strengthen the nation’s health care system and make life simpler and easier for patients and their providers.

Clinical Competency – The ability to perform procedures in a proficient and competent manner.

Clinical Privileges – The process in which the organized medical staff evaluates and recommends an individual practitioner be allowed to provide specific patient care services in their healthcare facility within well-defined training criteria.

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. https://www.cms.gov/

CVO (Centralized Verification Organization) – A centralized verification organization verifies provider information, such as medical school training and previous practice sites, on behalf of participating clients. This single verification system reduces costs and mi