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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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Donor

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

An individual who makes a gift of all or part of his or her body for specific purposes.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Garrison Conditions

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Routine operational environment at a fixed health care facility with an established scope of service, standard operating procedures, and permanent staff.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Health Information Management

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

The practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Health information management professionals often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational ...

Source of Definition:

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

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Standardized coding system comprising Levels I and II. Level I HCPCS codes are current procedural terminology (CPT) codes that are used primarily to identify medical services and procedures furnished by physicians and other health care ...

Source of Definition:

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

International Classification of Disease (ICD)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Code set maintained by the World Health Organization and used by providers, other qualified health care professionals, health information managers, coders, and insurers to classify diseases and other health problems recorded on many types of ...

Source of Definition:

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

Medical Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Treatment and preventive services provided to a patient in a hospital, clinic, or ambulatory service center that include professional, institutional, ancillary, and prescription drug services.

Source of Definition:

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

Military Departments (MILDEP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

One of the departments within the Department of Defense created by the National Sec rity Act of 1947, which are the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force.  Also called MILDEP.



Source of Definition:

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

Next of Kin

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

The person most closely related to the donor, designated according to the established order of priority in DoDI 1300.18.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Operating Conditions

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

The dynamic operational environment of a health care facility supporting and maintaining a specific military mission.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Organ

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

The heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, or any other self-contained biological structure or portion thereof that is currently or will be suitable for transplantation and that requires active biological patient support to ensure viability ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 5154.06: Armed Services Medical Regulating

Organ Procurement Oganization (OPO)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A formal civilian organization that, within a designated area, coordinates activities related to the recovery of organs, eyes, and tissues for a specific type of transplantation. OPOs evaluate potential donors, discuss donation with surviving ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Provider [6040.42]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

A health care professional who may be classified as “privileged” or “non-privileged.” “Privileged providers” include licensed physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, independent duty ...

Source of Definition:

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

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Provider

Reserve Components

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Any of the Reserve or National Guard units eligible to be called into active duty service by a Military Department.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Surgeons General

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

Surgeons General of the Military Departments.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation

Tissue

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/8/2016

The cornea, eye, skin, bone, bone marrow, dura, blood vessel, fascia, brain or any other distinct type of material that is currently or will be suitable for medical therapeutics or scientific research that does not require ongoing biological ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6465.03: Anatomic Gifts and Tissue Donation
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