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October Toolkit

October is Health Literacy Month and healthcare organizations are encouraged to take this opportunity to simplify basic health information for patients and their families, so they can make informed decisions and be effective healthcare team members. This month MHS will highlight that health literacy is about the entire process of exchanging healthcare information. It is not just about reading and writing, but also about how people learn and communicate about their health.

To enable others to share information within the DoD community, our Monthly Communications Toolkit (CAC required) provides the MHS enterprise with customizable, ready-to-use material to promote these topics and other issues important to the health and wellness of the DoD community. 

Health Literacy Month 2020

Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy is often defined as “the degree to which people can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions.” It’s not just for patients.  Anyone who provides health information and services to others, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, or public health worker, benefits from advancing their health literacy skills. Increased transparency, a focal area of the Military Health System’s journey towards high reliability, is helping to improve health literacy across the MHS.

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National Health Care Quality Week (October 18-24)

National Health Care Quality Week celebrates the contributions professionals have made in the field of health care and brings greater awareness to the profession of health care quality. Through Clinical Quality Management, the Military Health System affirms its unwavering commitment to quality health care and patient safety for beneficiaries, joint healthcare teams, and Combatant Commands across the globe.

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National Audiology Awareness Month

October is National Audiology Awareness Month. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, more than 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss and over half of them are younger than age 65. This annual observance increases awareness of hearing as a critical sense and the role audiologists and hearing healthcare professionals play in caring for patients. It also focuses on preventing hearing loss and why hearing health is a vital element of maintaining total force readiness.

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DHA-PI 6205.01: Medical Logistics Guidance for the DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program

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This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (n), establishes the Defense Health Agency's (DHA's) procedures for ordering, receiving, and managing COVID-19 Vaccines inventory and ancillary kits.

DHA-IPM 20-004: Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation

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This Defense Health Agency (DHA) Interim Procedures Memorandum (IPM), based on the authority of References (a) through (d), and in accordance with the guidance cited in References (e) through (aa), establishes the DHA’s procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. This DHA-IPM applies to DHA, DHA Components (activities under the authority direction, and control of the DHA), Military Departments (MILDEP), and the United States Coast Guard (CG). This DHA-IPM cancels and replaces DHA-IPM 20-004, “Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation,” December 13, 2020.

TAB A MEO COVID19 Medical Coding Policy

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Memorandum for DHA Staff - Military Medical Treatment Facilities to Implement Updated DHA COVID-19 Medical Coding Policy

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 3/25/2021
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Coronavirus

DHA COVID19 Medical Coding PolicyV5 1v

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Establishes the DHA procedures to standardize the coding for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) within military medical treatment facilities (MTFs). This memorandum replaces DHA-Policy Memorandum 20-003 of July 1, 2020. Attachment 1 was updated to include the 2021 procedure and diagnosis codes for COVID-19, including the new vaccination and treatment codes.

  • Identification #: 20-003
  • Date: 3/25/2021
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Coronavirus

Supplemental Guidance for Providing DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccines to DoD Contractor Employees and Select Foreign Nationals

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This memorandum provides supplemental guidance on the provision of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, in accordance with reference (a). The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is the lead coordinating DoD Component for executing this guidance, in coordination with the Military Departments and other DoD Components as appropriate.

HA Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Laboratory Pre-Testing Questionnaire

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This memorandum provides guidance for a COVID-19 laboratory pre-testing questionnaire that will be mandatory for all Active Duty Service members and encouraged for all other DoD beneficiaries treated at military medical treatment facilities.

Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines

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This EO outlines who should receive priority access to COVID-19 vaccines developed in the United States or procured by the United States Government (“United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines”).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Guidance

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This memorandum provides guidance on the provision of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is the lead coordinating DoD Component for executing this guidance, in coordination with the Military Departments and other DoD Components.

DHA-AI 3020-01: Return to the Workplace Staffing Plan in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Environment

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This Defense Health Agency-Administrative Instruction (DHA-AI), based on the authority of References (a) through (b) and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (z3), establishes the Defense Health Agency's (DHA) plan to return to full operations and support the whole-of-government response, during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This DHA-AI also provides a preventive plan to monitor and assess for the appearance of new cases and implement those processes that will prevent them from impacting the workforce. The processes describe herein are intended to offer an actionable plan for the workforce to re-enter DHA Administrative Offices. See Appendix 1 for a summary of the DHA Administrative Office Reopening Plan. The plan uses the Force Health Protection Guidance and Health Protection Conditions (HPCON), in accordance with Reference (d), to ensure protection for the workforce, including the most vulnerable-to-serious complications from the virus while enabling DHA Administrative Offices to continue its mission. See Appendix 2 for the conceptual HPCON framework.

  • Identification #: 3020-01
  • Date: 11/3/2020
  • Type: Administrative Instructions
  • Topics: Coronavirus

DHA AI 3020.01: Return to the Workplace Staffing Plan in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Environment

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This Defense Health Agency-Administrative Instruction (DHA-AI), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) plan to return to full operations and support the whole-of-government response, during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and in preparation for regression or resurgence in COVID-19 cases that could impact the workforce.

  • Identification #: DHA AI 3020.01
  • Date: 6/12/2020
  • Type: Administrative Instructions
  • Topics: Coronavirus

TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Calendar Year 2020

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Memo outlining the TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses for calendar year 2020. These rates will be effective January l, 2020.

DHA-PM 6025-13: “Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System,” Volume 6

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This Defense Health Agency-Procedures Manual (DHA-PM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (ab), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA’s) procedures to assign responsibilities and establish procedures for managing Clinical Quality Management (CQM) in the Military Health System (MHS). This DHA-PM replaces, in full, the contents of the DoD Manual 6025.13 (Reference (e)), which is targeted for cancellation.

DHA-PM 6025-13: “Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System,” Volumes 1-7

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This Defense Health Agency-Procedures Manual (DHA-PM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (ab), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA’s) procedures to assign responsibilities and establish procedures for managing Clinical Quality Management (CQM) in the Military Health System (MHS). This DHA-PM replaces, in full, the contents of the DoD Manual 6025.13 (Reference (e)), which is targeted for cancellation. This DHA-PM, replaces, in Volume 2, the full contents, unless otherwise stated, of the following memorandums, which are targeted for cancellation: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Memorandum, "Policy on Reporting Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations-Reviewable Sentinel Events in the Military Health System," July 13, 2004 (Reference (h)); Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Memorandum, "Amplifying Guidance Relating to the Reporting of Sentinel Events and Personally Identifiable Information Breaches to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)," February 13, 2012 (Reference (i)) [as related to the reporting of sentinel events only]; and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Memorandum, "Medical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System Sentinel Event and Root Cause Analysis Process Improvements," March 12, 2015 (Reference (j)).

DHA-PM 6025-13: “Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System,” Volume 7

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This Defense Health Agency-Procedures Manual (DHA-PM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (ab), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA’s) procedures to assign responsibilities and establish procedures for managing Clinical Quality Management (CQM) in the Military Health System (MHS). This DHA-PM replaces, in full, the contents of the DoD Manual 6025.13 (Reference (e)), which is targeted for cancellation.

DHA-PM 6025-13: “Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System,” Volume 4

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This Defense Health Agency-Procedures Manual (DHA-PM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (ab), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA’s) procedures to assign responsibilities and establish procedures for managing Clinical Quality Management (CQM) in the Military Health System (MHS). This DHA-PM replaces, in full, the contents of the DoD Manual 6025.13 (Reference (e)), which is targeted for cancellation.

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