Learn Our Lingo (LOL): Federal agencies

March 6, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Last week, surveyors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) visited Michigan Medicine to review the organization’s adult and pediatric dialysis recertification programs.

CMS is just one of several federal organizations that Michigan Medicine interacts with frequently to ensure it is carrying out exceptional patient care, education and research.

In this month’s edition of Learn Our Lingo, here’s a quick rundown of some of these important agencies:

  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC states that its mission is to “increase the health security of our nation.” It does so by developing and applying disease control and prevention standards across the U.S., and providing guidelines to hospitals and other health care facilities.
  • CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS helps administer the Medicare and Medicaid programs, along with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Through its surveyors, CMS also ensures that facilities that receive funding from the agency meet certain quality standards.
  • CMMI: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This center falls under CMS and is tasked with testing innovative payment and delivery system models designed to improve or maintain quality of care. Michigan Medicine experts have worked closely with CMMI over the years to test many of these models.
  • FDA: Food and Drug Administration. The FDA regulates a number of items, including foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, medical devices and more. Often, Michigan Medicine experts will work with the FDA to get approval for new treatments following clinical trials.
  • HHS: Department of Health and Human Services. This is a wide-ranging federal department that houses CMS, CDC, FDA and other agencies.
  • NIH: National Institutes of Health. The NIH serves as the nation’s medical research agency. The group has researchers of its own, but it also offers grants nationwide, many of which are awarded to Michigan Medicine team members. The director of the NIH, Frances S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., previously served as professor of internal medicine and human genetics at U-M.
  • NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health. Much like the NIH, the NIMH is the nation’s leading agency when it comes to mental health research. Experts across the country — including those at Michigan Medicine — can apply for grants and support for clinical trials through the NIMH.
  • VA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This department provides robust services and health care to eligible veterans of the U.S. military. One of the primary ways of carrying this mission out is through VA hospitals — one of which is located in Ann Arbor. Several Michigan Medicine faculty members also work at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

So there you go — now you won’t get “fed” up with all the acronyms of these federal agencies!

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