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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.

Abeyance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

The temporary assignment of 30 or fewer days of a provider from clinical duties to non-clinical duties while an internal or external peer review or QA investigation is conducted.

Source of Definition:

DoD Manual 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS)

Accepted Medical Principles

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/5/2014

Fundamental deductions, consistent with medical facts, that are so reasonable and logical as to create a reasonable assumption that they are correct.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Access

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/12/2015

The ability or the means necessary to read, write, modify, or communicate data or information, or otherwise use any system resource.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 8580.02: Security of Individually Identifiable Health Information in DoD Health Care Programs

Access Controls

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/12/2015

The process of granting or denying specific requests: for obtaining and using information and related information processing services; and to enter specific physical facilities (e.g., federal buildings, military establishments, and border ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 8580.02: Security of Individually Identifiable Health Information in DoD Health Care Programs

Accession Medical Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/16/2015

The foundation of the Service member’s longitudinal DoD Health Record. It includes the medical examination performed by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) or Department of Defense Medical Exam Review Board ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Accredited Educational Institution

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
12/30/2015

An educational institution accredited by an agency that is on the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies published by the Secretary of Education. A list of accredited institutions is maintained by the Department of Education at: ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6000.13: Accession and Retention Policies, Programs, and Incentives for Military Health Professions Officers (HPOs)

Accredited Service Dog Organization

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
1/7/2016

A non-governmental organization that raises, trains, certifies, and provides service dogs to qualified Service members, and that is accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the International Guide Dog Federation, or any other service dog ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1300.27: Guidance on the Use of Service Dogs by Service Members

Active Duty [DoDI 1332.18]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/5/2014

Full-time duty in the active military service of the United States, including active duty or full-time training duty in the Reserve Component.  Also called AD. See also active duty for training; inactive duty training.  (JP 4-05 ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Active Duty Orders

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
4/14/2016

Orders instructing a Service member to report for active duty other than in a training status as defined in DoDI 1215.06 including but not limited to active duty other than for training, full-time National Guard duty – operational ...

Source of Definition:

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

Active Service

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/5/2014

Service on active duty or full-time National Guard duty.

Source of Definition:

DoDM 1332.18, Volume 2: Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/10/2015

Feeding (including special diets), dressing and sheltering; personal hygiene; observation and general monitoring; bowel training or management (unless abnormalities in bowel function are of a severity to result in a need for medical or ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Manual 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Acute

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/5/2014

Characterized by sharpness or severity.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Administrative Safeguards

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/12/2015

Administrative actions, and policies, and procedures to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures to safeguard electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) and to manage the conduct of an ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 8580.02: Security of Individually Identifiable Health Information in DoD Health Care Programs

Advance Directive

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/16/2015

Legal document stating the patient’s oral and written instructions about future medical care, in the event that the patient is not able to communicate these instructions. Examples include a living will and do not resuscitate orders.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Adverse Event

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

Unintended occurrences or conditions associated with care or services that reach the patient and that may or may not result in harm to the patient. These may be because of acts of commission or omission.

Source of Definition:

DoD Manual 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS)

Related Glossary Terms:

Adverse Practice Action | Adverse Privileging Action
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