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Workers Comp Acronyms That Are Used Everyday – Long List


Workers Comp Acronyms Often Used In Documentation

The correct workers comp acronyms are critical to Workers Comp communications.

In one of the LinkedIn Workers Comp blogs today, quite a few of the posters were talking about why an injured employee is called a claimant. I agree that the term sounds like the start of a controversy. A few of the posters had mentioned the need for consistency in acronyms.

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Every Workers Comp insurance carrier or TPA has its own list of acronyms. I will provide a list of them. I was trying to figure out who to credit for them. These are so widespread I have no idea who to credit. If any insurance personnel uses an acronym that you do not understand, email them and ask for a list of the acronyms they use in their notes.

Workers Compensation Acronyms

ACOEM – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act (Federal)

ADL – Activities of daily living

ALJ – Administrative Law Judge

AMA – American Medical Association

AOE/COE – Arising out of employment and occurring in the course of employment

AWL – actual wage loss

AWW – average weekly wages

BRB – Benefits Review Board

CFS – chronic fatigue syndrome

COLA – Cost of living adjustment

CRPS – complex regional pain syndrome

CT – cumulative trauma

CTS – carpal tunnel syndrome

DBE – diagnostic-based estimates

DCO – diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide

DIP – distal interphalangeal joint

DoA – date of accident

DOI – date of injury

DRE – diagnosis-related estimates

DSM-IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition

DVT – deep vein thrombosis

DWC – division of workers’ compensation

EBM – evidence based medicine

E/C – employer/carrier

FAS – functional acuity score

FEC – future earning capacity

FEV1 – forced expiratory volume in the first second

FFS – functional field score

FL – functional limitation

FVC – forced vital capacity

GAF – global assessment of functioning (indicated in Axis V in DSM-IV diagnosis)

HCO – health care organization

IDL – industrial disability leave

IME – independent medical examination

IP – interphalangeal joint

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IQR – inter-quartile range

LDP – last day paid

LDW – last day worked

LEC – loss of earning capacity

LEI – lower extremity impairment

LHWCA – Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

LT – lost time

MET – resting/exercise metabolic energy testing (See AMA Guides Chapter 3)

MDT – multiple disabilities table

MMI – maximum medical improvement

MPN – medical provider network

NCCI – National Council on Compensation Insurance

NCV – nerve conduction velocity testing

ND – nonwork disability

NEL – noneconomic loss

NSAIDS – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

NYHA – New York Heart Association

OCC – occupation

OD – occupational disease

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Act

PCR – prevention, compensation, and rehabilitation

PD – permanent disability

PDRS – permanent disability rating schedule

PI – permanent impairment

PIP – proximal interphalangeal joint

PPD – permanent partial disability

P&S – permanent and stationary

PTD – permanent total disability

PTHS – post-traumatic head syndrome

PTSD – post-traumatic stress syndrome

RADS – reactive airways dysfunction syndrome

RAND – Rand Corporation

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RFC – residual functional capacity

ROM – range of motion

RSD – reflex sympathetic dystrophy

RTW – return to work

SIADH – syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion

SIF – Subsequent Injuries Fund or State Insurance Fund

SLR – straight leg raising test

SOL – statute of limitations

SSA – Social Security Administration

SSD – Social Security Disability

SSDI – Social Security Disability Indemnity

SSI – Supplemental Security Income (Social Security welfare benefit payable to disabled and poor person)

SSR – Social Security Retirement

SWAG – scientific wild-ass guess

TD – temporary disability

TPA – third party administrator

TPD – temporary partial disability

TTD – temporary total disability

UEI – upper extremity impairment

UI – unemployment insurance

VA – Veteran’s Administration

VAS – visual acuity score

VFS – visual field score

VR – vocational rehabilitation

WC – workers’ compensation

WD – work disability

WL – wage loss

WLDI – Work Loss Data Institute

WPI – whole person impairment scale

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