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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

(CMS) - The Federal Agency within DHHS that runs Medicare. In addition, CMS works with the States to run the Medicaid and SCHIP programs. CMS works to make sure that the beneficiaries in these programs are able to get high-quality health care.


The former health care program established to provide health coverage for active duty family members and retirees and their family members. TRICARE was organized as a separate office under the Assistant Secretary of Defense and replaced CHAMPUS in 1994. Benefits covered under CHAMPUS are now covered under TRICARE.

Claim Control Number

(CCN) is a unique control number assigned by a provider/carrier to a non-institutional claim.  This field links each line item with its respective claim.

CMS-1500 Form

CMS- 1500 forms are the standard insurance form used by non-institutional providers all across the United States to process medical insurance claims. It is part of HIPAA to standardize all medical insurance billing.


A person or business which provides goods or services to another entity under terms specified in a contract.

Current Procedural Terminology

(CPT) - A systematic listing and coding of procedures and services performed by physicians. Each procedure or service is identified with a five-digit code. The use of CPT codes simplifies the reporting of services. With this coding and recording system, the procedure or service rendered by the physician is accurately identified.