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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.

Adverse Personnel Action

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/7/2013

A court-martial, non-judicial punishment, involuntary separation for other than medical reasons, administrative or punitive reduction in grade, denial of promotion, an unfavorable entry in a personnel record (other than an accurate entry ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6485.01: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Military Service Members

Adverse Practice Action

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

A limitation on the scope of practice of a non-privileged healthcare provider, including removal from patient care, based upon misconduct, impairment, or lack of professional competence that adversely affects the safe delivery of healthcare.

Source of Definition:

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

Related Glossary Terms:

Adverse Event | Adverse Privileging Action

Adverse Privileging Action

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

Denial, suspension, restriction, reduction, or revocation of clinical privileges based upon misconduct, impairment, or lack of professional competence that adversely affects the safe delivery of healthcare

Source of Definition:

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

Related Glossary Terms:

Adverse Event | Adverse Practice Action

Aggregate Statistical Data

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

A term applied to numerical data that constitute all of the data in pre- defined common demographic groupings.  Aggregate statistical data are expressed in the form of a number, including whole numbers, fractions, or percentages, and are ...

Source of Definition:

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

Agreements through the USUHS

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
1/22/2014

The DoD may, in connection with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) activities, carry out cooperative enterprises in medical research, medical consultation, and medical education in accordance with section 2113(g) of ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6000.08: Defense Health Program Research and Clinical Investigation Programs

Ambulatory Procedure Visits

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Formerly referred to as “same day surgery.” A type of outpatient visit in which immediate pre-procedure and post-procedure care requires an unusual degree of intensity and is provided in an ambulatory procedure unit. Care is ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.42: Management Standards for Medical Coding for Health Records

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

A civilian blood banking association (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) that establishes international standards for blood banks. The AABB also publishes the “Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASMAC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
2/20/2014

The Committee will serve as a central point for information analysis and integration, program coordination, identification of policy needs and problem solving on Military Service issues involving policies and programs with regard to legal and ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1010.04: Problematic Substance Use by DoD Personnel

Approved Postgraduate Training

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

Postgraduate training program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education or the AOA, or other similar entities regulating healthcare provider training programs.

Source of Definition:

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

Archive

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/16/2015

1. To remove objects no longer in day-to-day use from the online system and place them into long-term, retrievable storage.2.

2. According to context, the copy of a record that has been archived or the collective DoD repository ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Armed Conflict

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/5/2014

A war, expedition, occupation of an area or territory, battle, skirmish, raid, invasion, rebellion, insurrection, guerilla action, riot, or any other action in which Service members are engaged with a hostile or belligerent nation, faction, ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/16/2015

The electronic medical record (EMR) system used by the DoD since its initial implementation in January 2004. Though the term has sometimes been described as an acronym (Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Application), the term itself is the ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

The combined military blood programs of the ASBPO, the individual Military Services, and the geographic Combatant Commands in an single integrated blood products support system for peacetime, contingency, and wartime managed by the Joint Blood ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Related Glossary Terms:

Armed Services Blood Program Office

Armed Services Blood Program Office (ASBPO)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

A Tri-Service, joint field operating agency, with the Secretary of the Army as the DoD EA, responsible for coordination of the ASBP. Responsibilities include ensuring implementation of blood program policies established by the ASD(HA), and ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Related Glossary Terms:

Armed Services Blood Program

Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory (ASWBPL)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

 A Tri-Service-staffed organization, with the Secretary of the Air Force as the lead Service, responsible for central receipt and confirmation of blood products from CONUS blood banks and the further shipment of those products to ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures
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