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Term Definition
HCPCS Level II (Health Care Financing Ad

Health Care Financing Administration's Common Procedure Coding System Level II; coding for supplies and services obtained outside the physician office that are not covered by a CPT or APC code.

HCUP net (Healthcare Cost and Utilizatio

A website with data about Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project - statistics on hospital stays at national, regional and state level; pronounced "hiccough net"

HDE (Humanitarian Device Exemption)

An exemption to the normal regulatory pathways for a medical device that is intended to benefit patients in the treatment or diagnosis of a disease or condition that affects or is manifested in fewer than 4,000 individuals in the U.S. per year.

Health Insurance Portability and Account

(HIPAA) An act of the U.S. Congress passed in 1996 that protects health insurance coverage when workers lose or change jobs. Also includes privacy and security protections for a patient's protected health information(PHI).

Hypothesis

A supposition or assumption advanced as a basis for reasoning or argument, or as a guide to experimental investigation.

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