Healthcare Definitions

Healthcare, and the many terms and acronyms used in it, can be very confusing. For instance, what’s the difference between a copayment and coinsurance? And between generic and brand name prescription drugs?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Our list of healthcare terms contains dozens of common healthcare words and definitions that can help make healthcare a little bit easier to understand, and help you provide the best care for your loved one. From PCPs to specialists, we’ve got you covered.

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Last updated: 01/01/2018

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.

* Blue MedicareRx (PDP) is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare Contract.

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx (PDP) plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in Blue MedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.