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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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Non Controlled Medications

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

Pharmaceutical preparations that can only be obtained through a medical practitioner’s prescription and dispensed by a pharmacist, but are not considered controlled substances under the Controlled Substance Act.

Source of Definition:

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

Related Glossary Terms:

Non-Controlled Drugs

Over-the-Counter Medications

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

Medications available without a prescription.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6025.25: Drug Take Back Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Over-the-Counter Drugs

Prescription

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

An instruction written by medical practitioner to pharmacist to dispense a pharmaceutical preparation.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6025.25: Drug Take Back Program

Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

Refers to Army, Navy, and Air Force

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6025.25: Drug Take Back Program

Take Back Method

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/13/2016

An established procedure for the return of medications for the purpose of disposal.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6025.25: Drug Take Back Program

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

Case Mix Index

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A relative value assigned to a diagnosis-related group of patients in a medical care environment. The case mix index value is used in determining the allocation of resources to care for or treat the patients in the group.

Source of Definition:

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

Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A program that improves the quality of clinical documentation, regardless of its impact on revenue. CDI programs facilitate accurate representation of health care services through complete and accurate reporting of diagnoses and procedures. ...

Source of Definition:

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

Compliance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

An oversight process, supported by appropriate organizational conditions (e.g., culture, regulations, policies, procedures, controls) which, over time, are most likely to ensure that employee actions and character are consistent with MHS ...

Source of Definition:

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

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A listing of descriptive terms and identifying codes for reporting medical services and procedures. The purpose of CPT is to provide a uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, and thereby serves as ...

Source of Definition:

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

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A comprehensive classification of officially recognized psychiatric disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association for use by mental health professionals to ensure uniformity of diagnosis. DSM describes symptoms and does not ...

Source of Definition:

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

DoD Beneficiaries

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Individuals who have been determined to be entitled to or eligible for medical benefits and therefore authorized treatment in a military treatment facility or under Department of Defense auspices.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Related Glossary Terms:

Beneficiaries [DoDI 6025.25] | Beneficiary [DHA IPM: 16-001] | Beneficiary [DoDI 1010.04] | Beneficiary [DoDI 6040.45] | Beneficiary [DoDM 6025.13]

DoD Civilians

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Individuals who are civilian employees of the DoD who possess a DoD ID card in accordance with Volume 1 of DoD Manual 1000.13.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

DoD ID Card

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Identification issued to uniformed service members, their dependents, and other eligible individuals in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) Manual 1000.13, Volume 1, that will be used as proof of identity and DoD affiliation, and to ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

DoD Recipients

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Department of Defense beneficiaries who are eligible to receive organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation
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