MEDHOST follows AP Style. If AP Style doesn’t cover a particular word, defer to Merriam-Webster
Here are some specific instances that either aren’t covered by or differ from AP Style, or Merriam-Webster for our brand purposes:
MEDHOST should be spelled in all caps in text.
Exception: MEDHOST may be lowercase when writing out www.medhost.com.
MEDHOST uses the Oxford/Serial comma.
Example: We provide clinical, financial, and operational software solutions for hospitals.
Use uppercase before/after the person’s title.
Example: Bill Anderson, MEDHOST Chief Executive Officer, or MEDHOST Chief Executive Officer, Bill Anderson.
Spell out product names on first reference followed by the acronym. Examples include:
Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) instead of Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
If referring to community hospitals in general, do not refer to them as rural, refer to them as community hospitals.
Exception: Rural hospitals can be community hospitals, but not all community hospitals are rural hospitals. Rural hospitals are a subset of community hospitals. When writing/referring to something that specifically addresses rural hospitals, then you can refer to them as rural.
Most Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are General Acute Care Hospitals. However, all General Acute Care hospitals are not CAHs. CAH is a government assigned category. To qualify for that category, a hospital must not have other hospitals within a 35 miles radius. Other restrictions apply like number of inpatient beds (25 beds or less).
Use the following formats for specific times of day:
Spell out the day of the week and month. Abbreviate if character count is an issue.
Use the em dash within copy, with spaces per the AP Style – indicates a break/addition to a thought. Try not to use more than a couple in a page.
Use en dashes to indicate value relationships (distance, time, age, range, span, number counts, etc.):
In bulleted lists, if you’re opening a list with a consistent set of factors, use a colon instead of dashes of any kind:
Headers that are followed by paragraphs and main body copy should not have colons.
Spell out numbers in the beginning of the sentence and if the number is less than 10.
Spell out percentage instead of using the symbol % in a sentence.
Use a period and numerals to indicate decimal amounts.
Follow these rules when using fractions in your writing:
When writing about U.S. currency use the dollar sign before the amount. Include a decimal and number of cents if more than 0.
Use periods without spaces between numbers. Use a country code if your reader is in another country.
Use the degree symbol and the capital F abbreviation for Fahrenheit.
Use exclamation points sparingly and never more than one at a time.
When referring to a file extension type, use all uppercase without a period. Add a lowercase s to make plural.
When quoting someone in a blog post or other publication use the past tense.
“MEDHOST has really helped our revenue cycle,” said John Smith.
The first time you mention a person in writing refer to them by their first and last names. On all other mentions, refer to them by their first name.
Capitalize the names of departments and teams (but not the word “team” or “department”).
The first time you mention a school, college, or university in a piece of writing refer to it by its full official name. On all other mentions, use its more common abbreviation.
Spell out all city and state names. Don’t abbreviate city names except in press releases per AP style.
All cities should be accompanied by their state with the exception of: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC.
On first mention, write out United States. On subsequent mentions, U.S. is fine.
Capitalize the names of websites and web publications. Don’t italicize.
Example: Facebook, Wikipedia
Avoid spelling out URLs, but when you need to, leave off the https://.
Our company’s legal entity name is “MEDHOST, Inc.” Our trade name is “MEDHOST.” Use “MEDHOST, Inc.” only when writing legal documents or contracts. Otherwise, use “MEDHOST.”
Honor companies’ own names for themselves and their products. Go by what’s used on their official website.
Write in plain English. If you need to use a technical term, briefly define it so everyone can understand.
Only use slang and jargon if it makes sense in a marketing piece to draw attention or is based on keyword search volume.
Use italics to indicate the title of a long work (like a book, movie, or album) or to emphasize a word.
Use italics when citing an example of a MEDHOST product element, or referencing button and navigation labels in step-by-step instructions:
Rev. date 06/10/2020