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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

Separation Health Assessment (SHA)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
4/14/2016

A complete history, review of systems, and physical exam performed by the VA as part of the Separation Health Assessment (SHA) Program in accordance with the standards set forth in the 2013 VA/DoD memorandum of agreement (MOA). It is intended ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.46: The Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) for the DoD Separation Health Assessment (SHA) Program

Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier (EDI-PI)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/25/2017

A unique 10-digit identifier assigned to each person who has a record in the Defense Eligibility and Enrollment Record System (DEERS) database, including all military personnel, family members, employees, most contractors. The Department ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Forensic Pathology

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
12/29/2016

The branch of medicine concerned with determining the cause and manner of death and identifying the deceased through medical and scientific means, including the autopsy process.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

Clinical Preventive Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which are intended to prevent or reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases, and other conditions and events that impact health.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Face-to-Face

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

An encounter when the individuals are physically in the presence of each other.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Health Care Provider [DoDI 6200.06] (HCP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Licensed or certified health care personnel (specifically a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, advanced practice nurse, independent duty corpsman, special forces medical sergeant, independent duty medical technician, or ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Care Provider [JP 4-02] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Military Health System [DoDI 6000.08] | Credentialed Provider

Periodic Health Assessment (PHA)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

The annual comprehensive medical readiness health assessment that includes routine annual preventive health care screening, in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, that reflect morbidity and mortality risks ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Periodic Health Assessment Program | Periodic Health Assessment Tool

Periodic Health Assessment Program (PHA Program)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

The PHA program provides over-arching program management of the PHA to include:  support in the development of the PHA DoDI and the PHA Defense Health Agency (DHA) Procedural Instruction; update and maintenance of the PHA tool in ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Periodic Health Assessment Tool | Periodic Health Assessment

Periodic Health Assessment Tool (PHA Tool)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Comprehensive, web-based application with standardized questions and medical assessment procedures for conducting required annual periodic health assessments of Service members.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Person-to-Person

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Face-to-face, telephone, or video teleconference dialogue with the individual that is conducted in a private setting to foster trust and openness in discussing sensitive health concerns.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Preventive Health Screening

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Refers to preventive health screening questions in the Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) self-assessment.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Special Physicals

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Examinations which, because of the individual’s military occupation, are required, e.g., for divers and aviators.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Trained Health Care Personnel

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/8/2016

Health care personnel who have received periodic health assessment (PHA) program-specific training.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.06: Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) Program

Contractors Authorized to Accompany the Forces (CAAF)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

Contractor personnel, including all tiers of subcontractor personnel, who are authorized to accompany U.S. military forces in applicable contingency operations and have been afforded CAAF status through applicable contracts in accordance with ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.05: Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA) Program

Deployment Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

The systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data pertinent to a military population before, during, and after completion of a deployment, to address the health needs of individual Service members as well as ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.05: Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA) Program
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