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March 31, 2005

acronymically challenged

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:36 pm


Quick: What’s the acronym for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,

the federal agency formerly known as HCFA?   If you said “CMMS” you

would officially be wrong (but see, One Look’s Acronym Finder).  Instead,

you’ll find a “CMS” logo throughout the Centers’ website.


cmsLogoN  If you don’t believe the logo, “CMS” has made it easy to check further —

there’s a link in the Side Bar to an Acronyms Page, which offers a search engine

that features both simple and advanced acronym searches. 


No kidding:  A search engine just for relevant acronyms.  Plus, another webpage

with an Acronyms List that is so long, they tell you:

Warning: Due to the size of the acronym list, you may experience a  

long delay if you choose to view All Letters. We recommend limiting

your view to a particular letter. Alternatively, you can perform an

Plug CMMS> into the agency’s acronym search engine, and you are told “No

acronyms were found.”  Try CMS> and you’re told “Centers for Medicare and

Medicaid Services.”  That’s pretty definitive — only One M.


Well, this enquiringEsq wants to know why there’s a missing “m”. 


— click to read all of this tale of the Axed Acronym  —                      




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