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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.

Beneficiary [DoDI 6040.45]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/16/2015

A person eligible to receive care in a military treatment facility.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6040.45: DoD Health Record Life Cycle Management

Related Glossary Terms:

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

Beneficiary [DoDM 6025.13]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

Any person eligible for benefits under the provisions of chapter 55 of Reference (j), which will generally include active duty Service members, retirees, certain reserve and national guard members, and eligible dependents and survivors.

Source of Definition:

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

Related Glossary Terms:

Beneficiaries [DoDI 6025.25]

Biological Warfare Agent

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A microorganism or biological toxin intended to cause disease, injury, or death in humans.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

Biological Warfare Threat

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A biological materiel planned to be deployed to produce casualties in humans.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

Biopsychosocial Approach

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/8/2013

A general model that posits that biological, psychological (to include thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social factors, all play a role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.15: Integration of Behavioral Health Personnel (BHP) Services Into Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Primary Care and Other Primary Care Service Settings

Blended Model

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/8/2013

Joins the care management and primary care behavioral health (PCBH) models of care so that behavioral health care facilitator (BHCF) (typically a nurse) and internal behavioral health consultant (IBHC) work together to provide behavioral ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.15: Integration of Behavioral Health Personnel (BHP) Services Into Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Primary Care and Other Primary Care Service Settings

Blood Donor Center (BDC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

May be Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or Tri-Service operated. Responsibilities include collection, processing, manufacturing, testing, and distribution of blood products. It may be collocated with a blood bank in an military treatment ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Blood Product Depot (BPD)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

A medical unit responsible for strategic storage of frozen blood products in a geographic Combatant Command. Frozen blood products are provided to each geographic Combatant Command Component based on Joint Blood Product Officer (JBPO) ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Blood Product Planning Factors

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/13/2012

Factors used in computing mobilization requirements for blood products (red blood cells [RBCs]), fresh frozen plasma/plasma frozen within 24-hours (FFP/PF24), Platelets (PLTs), and cryoprecipitate (CRYO).

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6480.04: Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Board Certified

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/29/2013

A term applied to a physician or other healthcare provider who has passed an examination given by a professional specialty board and has been certified by that board as a specialist in that subject or discipline.

Source of Definition:

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

Business Associate

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/12/2015

A person or entity that performs or assists in the performance of a function or activity (legal, actuarial, accounting, consulting, data aggregation, management, administrative, accreditation, or financial services) involving the use or ...

Source of Definition:

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

Care Coordination

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
4/9/2013

Care coordination uses a broader social service model that considers a patient’s psycho-social context (e.g., housing needs, income, and social supports). It is a process used to assist individuals in gaining access to medical, social, ...

Source of Definition:

Medical Management (MM) Programs in the Direct Care System (DCS) and Remote Areas

Care Management Model

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/8/2013

A population-based model of care focused on a discrete clinical problem (e.g., depression). It incorporates specific pathways using a variety of components that systematically and comprehensively address how behavioral health problems are ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.15: Integration of Behavioral Health Personnel (BHP) Services Into Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Primary Care and Other Primary Care Service Settings

Care Management Team (CMT)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
1/7/2016

Individuals who are working together to manage, coordinate, or deliver the care, benefits, and services for the recovering Service member (RSM) and to support the RSM’s family. The professionals and individuals who comprise a specific ...

Source of Definition:

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

Care Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/9/2014

Physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, advanced practice nurse, independent duty corpsman, independent duty medical technician, independent health services technician, or Special Forces medical sergeant.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Care Provider [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]
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