Healthcare Glossary

Key healthcare terms

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Tartar
Hard deposit that forms on teeth when plaque hardens.
Temporary removable denture
This interim, artificial device is designed for use over a limited period of time.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
TMJ is the hinge between the base of the skull and the lower jaw.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Joint between the skull and the mandible.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
This refers to abnormal functioning of temporomandibular joint.
Term life insurance
This is insurance that provides death benefit protection for a specified length of time and pays benefits only if the insured dies while the term insurance is in force.
Termination date
The date on which the contract expires or the date an individual ceases to be eligible for benefits. Is the termination date
Terms and conditions of payment (PFFS Plans)
Any Medicare doctor, specialist, or hospital that accepts Medicare payment must also accept the terms, conditions, and payment rate of the Humana Gold Choice (PFFS) plan.
Therapeutic alternative
Some drugs are designated therapeutic alternatives. These medications are not exactly the same as another drug, but can serve as a substitution with the full expectation that they will be as safe as the prescribed medication and will produce the same clinical effect.
Third-Party Administrator (TPA)
An organization or individual contracted by a self-insured employer or insurance company to handle the administration and, in some cases, the payment of claims. Also referred to as TPA.
Time limit
The period of time during which a claim must be filed.
TMJ syndrome
These are symptoms associated with malfunction of the temporomandibular joint.
Torus
A projection or overgrowth of bone.
Total amount plan pays
The amount Humana paid on a claim.
Total charge
The amount billed to Humana by your doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider for a claim.
Totally disabled
You are considered totally disabled if injury or sickness has left you unable to perform your occupation or any occupation for which you are fit by reason of education, training, or experience.
Transaction date
For a spending account, this is the date you provided your HumanaAccess Card for payment or submitted a claim for reimbursement.
Transaction ID
The number that uniquely identifies the claim or transaction. Customer Care can use this number to track your claim if you have questions.
Transaction type
For a spending account, this term refers to the service or procedure you received.
Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP)
TAMP provides 180 days of transitional health care benefits to help certain uniformed services members and their families transition to civilian life.
Transitional care
Transitional care is designed for all beneficiaries to ensure a coordinated approach takes place across the continuum of care.
Translator
This is someone who translates the enrollment documentation for the enrollee and who is fully competent in both English and the enrollee's native language.
Treatment
Something done to help with a health problem (such as administering medicine or performing surgery) is considered treatment.
TRICARE
TRICARE is the Department of Defense's worldwide healthcare program for active duty and retired uniformed services members and their families. TRICARE For Life is available for all dual TRICARE-Medicare-eligible uniformed services retirees and Medicare-eligible family members under age 65 who are also entitled to Medicare Part A because of a disability or chronic renal disease.
TrOOP (True Out-of-Pocket Costs)
These Annual out-of-pocket-costs include all payments for covered Part D drugs paid by you or by others on your behalf. Once you reach the defined annual threshold, you move on to the Catastrophic Coverage stage of your Medicare Part D plan.