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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.

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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

Force Health Protection (FHP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

All measures taken by commanders, supervisors, individual Service members, and the MHS to promote, protect, improve, conserve, and restore the mental and physical well-being of Service members across the full range of military activities and ...

Source of Definition:

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

Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA Program)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

The identification of key elements associated with protecting the health of Service members and applicable DoD civilian and contractor personnel throughout their period of service and across the full range of military activities and operations ...

Source of Definition:

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

Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

The systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on the health of individuals, populations, and relevant health hazards; with timely distribution of actionable information to users at all levels.  Health surveillance ...

Source of Definition:

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

Individual Medical Readiness [6200.05] (IMR)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

A means to assess an individual Service member’s, or larger cohort’s, readiness level against established metrics applied to key elements of health and fitness to determine medical deployability in support of contingency operations ...

Source of Definition:

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

Related Glossary Terms:

Individual Medical Readiness [DoDI 6025.19]

Medical Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

The ongoing and systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data derived from instances of medical care or medical evaluation; and the reporting of population-based information for characterizing and countering threats to a ...

Source of Definition:

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

Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/16/2016

The regular collection, analysis, archiving, interpretation, and distribution of occupational and environmental health-related data for purposes of monitoring the health of, or potential health hazard impact on, a population and individual ...

Source of Definition:

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

Beneficiary [DHA IPM: 16-001]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

A person eligible for health care services under the DoD health care program (TRICARE).

Source of Definition:

DHA PI 6025.25: Military Health System (MHS) Drug Take Back (DTB) Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Beneficiaries [DoDI 6025.25] | Beneficiary [DoDI 1010.04] | Beneficiary [DoDM 6025.13] | Beneficiary [DoDI 6040.45]
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