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Healthcare Glossary

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There are 7 names in this directory beginning with the letter H.
Habilitation Services
Health care services that help a person keep, learn or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Examples include therapy for a child who isn't walking or talking at the expected age. These services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.

Health Insurance
A contract that requires a health insurer to pay some or all of your health care costs in exchange for a premium. A health insurance contract may also be called a 'policy' or 'plan'.

HMO
Short for: health maintenance organization a health insurance organization to which subscribers pay a predetermined fee in return for a range of medical services from physicians and healthcare workers registered with the organization.

Home Health Care
Health care services and supplies you get in your home under your doctor's orders. Services may be provided by nurses, therapists, social workers, or other licensed health care providers. Home health care usually doesn't include help with non-medical tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, or driving.

Hospice Services
Services to provide comfort and support for persons in the last stages of a terminal illness and their families.

Hospital Outpatient Care
Care in a hospital that usually doesn't require an overnight stay

Hospitalization
Care in a hospital that requires admission as an inpatient and usually requires an overnight stay. Some plans may consider an overnight stay for observation as outpatient care instead of inpatient care.