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LCFS Glossary*
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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER - A person who is trained and licensed to give health care. Also, a place that is licensed to give health care. Doctors, nurses, and hospitals are examples of health care providers.
HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) - A law passed in 1996 which is also sometimes called the "Kassebaum-Kennedy" law. This law expands your health care coverage if you have lost your job, or if you move from one job to another, HIPAA protects you and your family if you have: pre-existing medical conditions, and/or problems getting health coverage, and you think it is based on past or present health. HIPAA also:
  • limits how companies can use your pre-existing medical conditions to keep you from getting health insurance coverage;
  • usually gives you credit for health coverage you have had in the past;
  • may give you special help with group health coverage when you lose coverage or have a new dependent; and
  • generally, guarantees your right to renew your health coverage. HIPAA does not replace the states' roles as primary regulators of insurance.
HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS (HMO) - A type of Medicare managed care plan where a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers agree to give health care to Medicare beneficiaries for a set amount of money from Medicare every month. You usually must get your care from the providers in the plan.
HERS DISEASE (GLYCOGEN STORAGE DISEASE IV)* - Important -
It is possible that the main title of the report Hers Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms
  • Glycogen Storage Disease VI
  • Glycogenosis Type VI
  • Hepatophosphorylase Deficiency Glycogenosis
  • Liver Phosphorylase Deficiency
  • Phosphorylase Deficiency Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Disorder Subdivisions
Hers Disease is a hereditary glycogen storage disease (GSD) that usually has milder symptoms than most other types and is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme, liver phosphorylase. Hers Disease is characterized by enlargement of the liver (hepatomegaly), moderately low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), elevated levels of acetone and other ketone bodies in the blood (ketosis), and moderate growth retardation. Symptoms are not always evident during childhood, and children are usually able to lead normal lives. However, In some instances, symptoms may be severe.


* WebMD Medical Library
HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE WAIVER PROGRAMS (HCBS) - The HCBS programs offer different choices to some people with Medicaid. If you qualify, you will get care in your home and community so you can stay independent and close to your family and friends. HCBS programs help the elderly and disabled, mentally retarded, developmentally disabled, and certain other disabled adults. These programs give quality and low-cost services.
HOME HEALTH AGENCY - An organization that gives home care services, like skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and personal care by home health aides.
HOME HEALTH AIDE - (See PERSONAL AND HOME CARE AIDES.)
HOME HEALTH CARE - Limited part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care and home health aide services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, medical social services, durable medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen, and walkers), medical supplies, and other services.
HOMEBOUND - Normally unable to leave home unassisted. To be homebound means that leaving home takes considerable and taxing effort. A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as a trip to the barber or to attend religious service. A need for adult day care doesn't keep you from getting home health care.
HOSPICE - Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their family. This care includes physical care and counseling.
HOSPICE CARE - A special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their family. This care includes physical care and counseling.
HOSPITAL INSURANCE (PART A) - The part of Medicare that pays for inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care and some home health care.
HOSPITALS - Hospital services are normally defined as short term care (under 30 days). While hospitals are not part of the long term care continuum they complete the continuum of intensity of care, offering it at the most sophisticated and expensive level.
HYPERACTIVITY* - Constant and excessive movement and motor activity. Hyperactivity is a feature of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, toxic reactions, etc.

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