Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — www.cms.gov
This federal agency manages Medicare and Medicaid programs. This group issues the rules that healthcare providers must follow to receive payment for services.
American Hospital Association — www.aha.org
A national organization representing and serving all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) — www.ahima.org
National association for health information management (HIM) professionals.
American Academy of Professional Coders — www.aapc.com
National association created to raise quality standards of medical coding industry.
National Center for Health Statistics — www.cdc.gov/nchs
Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site publishes statistical information about America’s health, including birth, death and use of healthcare services.
American Medical Association — www.ama-assn.org
National association of physicians dedicated to promoting medical science and improving public health.
Office of the Inspector General — www.oig.hhs.gov
Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, this agency investigates Medicare fraud, abuse and waste practices.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html
Resources for understanding national standards for electronic health care transactions and laws protecting confidentiality, integrity and availability of patients’ health information.
National Institute of Health – http://www.nih.gov
The nation’s medical research agency—supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.