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This glossary explains terms found on the cms.hhs.gov web site, but it is not a legal document.

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TAX AND DONATIONS

State programs under which funds collected by the State through certain health care related taxes and provider-related donations were used to effectively increase the amount of Federal Medicaid reimbursement without a comparable increase in State Medicaid funding or provider reimbursement levels.

TAX RATE

The percentage of taxable earnings, up to the maximum tax base, that is paid for the HI tax. Currently, the percentages are 1.45 for employees and employers, each. The self-employed pay 2.9 percent.

TAXABLE EARNINGS

Taxable wages and/or self-employment income under the prevailing annual maximum taxable limit.

TAXABLE PAYROLL

A weighted average of taxable wages and taxable self-employment income. When multiplied by the combined employee-employer tax rate, it yields the total amount of taxes incurred by employees, employers, and the self-employed for work during the period.

TAXABLE SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME

Net earnings from self-employment-generally above $400 and below the annual maximum taxable amount for a calendar or other taxable year-less any taxable wages in the same taxable year.

TAXABLE WAGES

Wages paid for services rendered in covered employment up to the annual maximum taxable amount.

TAXATION OF BENEFITS

Beginning in 1994, up to 85 percent of an individual's or a couple's OASDI benefits is potentially subject to federal income taxation under certain circumstances. The revenue derived from taxation of benefits in excess of 50 percent, up to 85 percent, is allocated to the HI trust fund.

TAXES

See "Payroll taxes."

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT (TA)

Health care TA is a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis. It studies the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of the development, diffusion and use of technologies. In support of NCDs, TA often focuses on the safety and efficacy of technologies. Each NCD includes a comprehensive TA process. For some NCDs, external TAs are requested through the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). For a description of the TA process and guiding principles for selecting which topics are refereed for external TA assistance see http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcac/guidelines.asp.

TELEMEDICINE

Professional services given to a patient through an interactive telecommunications system by a practitioner at a distant site.

TERM INSURANCE

A type of insurance that is in force for a specified period of time.

TEST OF LONG-RANGE CLOSE ACTUARIAL BALANCE

Summarized income rates and cost rates are calculated for each of 66 valuation periods within the full 75-year long-range projection period under the intermediate assumptions. The first of these periods consists of the next 10 years. Each succeeding period becomes longer by 1 year, culminating with the period consisting of the next 75 years. The long-range test is met if, for each of the 66 time periods, the actuarial balance is not less than zero or is negative by, at most, a specified percentage of the summarized cost rate for the same time period. The percentage allowed for a negative actuarial balance is 5 percent for the full 75-year period and is reduced uniformly for shorter periods, approaching zero as the duration of the time periods approaches the first 10 years. The criterion for meeting the test is less stringent for the longer periods in recognition of the greater uncertainty associated with estimates for more distant years. This test is applied to trust fund projections made under the intermediate assumptions.

TEST OF SHORT-RANGE FINANCIAL ADEQUACY

The conditions required to meet this test are as follows: (1) If the trust fund ratio for a fund exceeds 100 percent at the beginning of the projection period, then it must be projected to remain at or above 100 percent throughout the 10-year projection period; (2) alternatively, if the fund ratio is initially less than 100 percent, it must be projected to reach a level of at least 100 percent within 5 years (and not be depleted at any time during this period), and then remain at or above 100 percent throughout the rest of the 10-year period. This test is applied to trust fund projections made under the intermediate assumptions.

THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR

An entity required to make or responsible for making payment on behalf of a group health plan.

THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR

Business associate that performs claims administration and related business functions for a self-insured entity.

THIRD PARTY USE

A Third Party Use occurs when a third party from another organization is given permission to use data originally obtained from CMS by the original requestor.

TRADING PARTNER

External entity with whom business is conducted, i.e. customer. This relationship can be formalized via a trading partner agreement. (Note: a trading partner of an entity for some purposes, may be a business associate of that same entity for other purposes.)

TRANSACTION

Under HIPAA, this is the exchange of information between two parties to carry out financial or administrative activities related to health care.

TRANSACTION CHANGE REQUEST SYSTEM

A system established under HIPAA for accepting and tracking change requests for any of the adopted HIPAA transaction standards via a single web site. See www.hipaa-dsmo.org.

TRANSIENT PATIENTS

Patients who receive treatments on an episodic basis and are not part of a facilities regular caseload (i.e. patients who have not been permanently transferred to a facility for ongoing treatments).

TRANSPLANT

The surgical procedure that involves removing a functional organ from either a deceased or living donor and implanting it in a patient needing a functional organ to replace their nonfunctional organ.

TRAUMA CODE DEVELOPMENT

An MSP investigation process triggered by receipt of a Medicare claim with a diagnosis indicating traumatic injury.

TREATMENT

Something done to help with a health problem. For example, medicine and surgery are treatments.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

The choices you have when there is more than one way to treat your health problem.

TRICARE

A health care program for active duty and retired uniformed services members and their families.

TRICARE FOR LIFE (TFL)

Expanded medical coverage available to Medicare-eligible uniformed services retirees age 65 or older, their eligible family members and survivors, and certain former spouses.

TRUE NEGATIVES

These are eligibles who have not received any services through the managed care plan, as evidenced by the absence of a medical record and any encounter data. True negatives signify potential access problems, and should be investigated by the managed care plan.

TRUST FUND

Separate accounts in the U.S. Treasury, mandated by Congress, whose assets may be used only for a specified purpose. For the SMI trust fund, monies not withdrawn for current benefit payments and administrative expenses are invested in interest-bearing federal securities, as required by law; the interest earned is also deposited in the trust fund.

TRUST FUND RATIO

A short-range measure of the adequacy of the trust fund level; defined as the assets at the beginning of the year expressed as a percentage of the outgo during the year.

TTY

A teletypewriter (TTY) is a communication device used by people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a severe-speech impairment. A TTY consists of a keyboard, display screen, and modem. Messages travel over regular telephone lines. People who don't have a TTY can communicate with a TTY user through a message relay center (MRC). An MRC has TTY operators available to send and interpret TTY messages.


*NOTE: An asterisk (*) after a term means that this definition, in whole or in part, is used with permission from Walter Feldesman, ESQ., Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, Copyright 2000.


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