Term Definition
VALIDATION

The process by which the integrity and correctness of data are established. Validation processes can occur immediately after a data item is collected or after a complete set of data is collected.

VALUATION PERIOD

A period of years that is considered as a unit for purposes of calculating the status of a trust fund.

VALUE-ADDED NETWORK

A vendor of EDI data communications and translation services.

VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK

A technical strategy for creating secure connections, or tunnels, over the Internet.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

The process of facilitating an individual in the choice of or return to a suitable vocation. When necessary, assisting the patient to obtain training for such a vocation. Vocational rehabilitation can also mean to preparing an individual regardless of age, status (whether U.S. citizen or immigrant) or physical condition (disability other than ESRD) to cope emotionally, psychologically, and physically with changing circumstances in life, including remaining at school or returning to school, work, or work equivalent (homemaker).

VOLUNTARY AGREEMENT

Agreements between CMS and various insurers and employers to exchange Medicare information and group health plan eligibility information for the purpose of coordinating health benefit payments.

VOLUNTARY ENROLLEE

Certain individuals aged 65 or older or disabled, who are not otherwise entitled to Medicare and who opt to obtain coverage under Part A by paying a monthly premium.


*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.