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CMS' RDS Center will be performing system maintenance on the RDS Secure Website on Friday, April 19, 2024 beginning at 9:00PM ET and concluding Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 10:00AM ET. The Secure Website will be available, but file processing will be impacted. Refer to this Announcement for details.

Acronym List

User Roles:

AM

AR

AC

D

V

Acronym

Literal Translation

AAA

American Academy of Actuaries

ABA

American Bankers Association

ACH

Automated Clearing House

AGNS

AT&T Global Network Services

AM

Account Manager

APP

Application

AR

Authorized Representative

ARC

Allowable Retiree Cost

ASP

Active Server Pages

BIC

Beneficiary Identification Code

BENE

Beneficiary

BLKSIZE

Block Size 

BO

Benefit Option

C:D

Connect:Direct

CEO

Chief Executive Officer

CFO

Chief Financial Officer

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CHOW

Change of Ownership

CIG

Community Information Group

CMS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COB

Coordination of Benefits

CR

Cost Report / Cost Reporter

CRL

Covered Retiree List

CSR

Customer Service Representative

CSV

Comma Separated Value

DCN

Document Control Number

DEL

Delete

DOB

Date of Birth

ECA

Estimated Cost Adjustment

EDI

Electronic Data Interchange

EFT

Electronic Funds Transfer / Electronic File Transfer

EIN

Employer Identification Number

EP

Estimated Premium

E-PHI

Electronic Protected Health Information

ETC

Education, Training, and Communication

F

Fixed

FB

Fixed Block

FHDR

File Header

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

GA

Google Authenticator

GE

Gross Eligible

GOV

Government

GRC

Gross Retiree Costs

GSA

General Services Administration

HDR

Header

HHS

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

HICN

Health Insurance Claim Number

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HTTP

HyperText Transfer Protocol

IE

Internet Explorer

IWR

Informal Written Reconsideration

LDAP

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol

LR

Limit Reduction

LRECL

Record Length

MBD

Medicare Beneficiary Database

MBI

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

MFA

Multi-Factor Authentication

MFMM

Medicare Financial Management Manual

MIR

Mandatory Insurer Reporting

MMA

Medicare Modernization Act

MSP

Medicare Secondary Payer

NDC

National Drug Code

ODT

OpenDocument Text

OIG

Office of Inspector General

PBM

Pharmacy Benefit Manager

PDF

Portable Document Format

PDP

Prescription Drug Plan

PHI

Protected Health Information

PII

Personally Identifiable Information

PR

Payment Request / Payment Requester

PRA

Paperwork Reduction Act

PS

Plan Sponsor

PSI

Plan Sponsor Information

PWS

Program Website / Public Website

QAR

Quick Access Report

QCR

Qualifying Covered Retiree

QR

Quick Response

RC

Reason Code

RECFM

Record Format 

RDS

Retiree Drug Subsidy

RRB

Railroad Retirement Board

RTF

Rich Text File

Rx

Prescription

SMS

Short Service Message

SR

Support Request

SSA

Social Security Administration

SSN

Social Security Number

SWS

Secure Website

TED

Text-Enabled Device

TR

Threshold Reduction

TRL

Trailer

TXT

Plain Text File

UBOI

Unique Benefit Option Identifier

UPD

Update

VDSA

Voluntary Data Sharing Agreement

VEBA

Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Arrangement

VIRL

Valid Initial Retiree List

WWW

World Wide Web

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