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Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM)

The measure of the improper payments of Medicaid and CHIP, which results in an error rate for each program. These rates are based on multiple factors; fee-for-service (FFS), managed care and eligibility sections of Medicaid and CHIP in the fiscal year under review.

Third Party Payer

A company or organization other than the patient or care provider that pays a portion of the costs for the individual's health care.