Glossary of Terms

Health and Recovery Plan (HARP)
HARPs will manage care for adults with significant behavioral health needs. They will facilitate the integration of physical health, mental health, and substance use services for individuals requiring specialized expertise, and/or tools and protocols that are not consistently found within most medical plans.
Health Home
A person-centered care management entity created in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see ACA) enabling individuals with chronic care illnesses to better manage their conditions, reduce the need for hospitalizations, and avoid emergency room visits.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
This act protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and sets the national standard for the level of security necessary to protect the electronic storage of health information. Signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, updated in 2013 to include implementation of the HITECH Act via the Final Omnibus Rule.
Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)
A tool used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. Altogether, HEDIS consists of 75 measures across 8 domains of care.
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Home and community-based services provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community. HCBS is available to eligible children and adults.