Glossary of Healthcare Terms

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Tactical Plans

A company's formal description of how, when, and where the strategic initiatives will be met.

Tail/Nose Coverage

Professional liability insurance coverage related to future services rendered after employment has terminated, or covering prior acts, respectively.

Tangible Assets

Physical assets, including cash, accounts receivable, inventory, property, plant and equipment, etc.

Tangible Personal Property

Tangible things capable of ownership not classed as realty, they being furniture, fixtures, equipment, machinery, inventories, vessels, precious metals, vehicles, gems, evidences of debt and money.


Prospects are surveyed on a case-by-case basis and those whose information meets the limiting qualifications set by the consultant have preliminary proposals prepared and can be considered targets.

Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities, and Accountabilities

The specific tasks and duties to be performed by person and the area of the organization or processes for which that person is responsible and accountable to management.

Tax Liability

Liability that establishes whether practice finances are filed on personal or corporate tax returns.

Tax-Exempt Not-for-Profit Organization

An exempt organization is organized or operated for the benefit of private interests. The IRS has stated that “[n]o part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual[, whereby] a private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization.”

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

“A federal taxpayer identification number or employer identification number as defined by the IRS in 26 CFR 301.6109–1.”

Teaching Facility

Facilities that employ physicians and practitioners with teaching appointments.

Technicians and Paraprofessionals

Non-physician practitioners that work as physician extenders, providing physical and technological manpower support during the provision of physician services, and are unauthorized to independently bill for services.

Technological Obsolescence

The loss of utility resulting from the differences in capabilities between the old asset and the replacement asset.

Technology-Related Intangible Assets

Includes computer software/network integration; technical/software documentation; and, maintenance/support agreements.


Closely related to telemedicine and is used to describe the broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services, although the two terms are often used interchangeably.


The transfer of electronic medical data (high resolution images, sounds, live video, and patient records from one location to another in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of patient comfort and care.
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