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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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Gift

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

Any donation of funds, or real or personal property from a non-federal source for which there is no compensation or promise of compensation on behalf of the donor. A gift may be offered and accepted with or without specified limitations on ...

Source of Definition

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

Military Health System [DoDI 6000.08] (MHS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

The Department of Defense (DoD) medical and dental programs, personnel, facilities, and other assets of the Military Services operating pursuant to Chapter 55 of Reference Title 10, United States Code by which the DoD provides health care ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Military Health System [DoDI 6025.13] | Military Health System [DoDM 6025.13]

Clinical Investigation (CI)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

An organized inquiry into and possible development of knowledge or products related to clinical health problems for any conditions of concern in providing healthcare to the beneficiaries of the MHS including active duty personnel, dependents, ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Clinical Investigation Program

Research Funds

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

Funding that supports the Defense Health Plan Research, Development, Training  & Education portfolio at both intramural and extramural medical research activities. The Defense Health Program (DHP) research, development, test and ...

Source of Definition

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

Operation and Maintenance Funds (O&M Funds)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

Defense Health Program (DHP) funding that supports the delivery of health care in the military treatment facilities and private sector and associated operating activities, education, base operating support, and management oversight, including ...

Source of Definition

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

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

Multi-Service Markets

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

The DoD’s approach to coordinating care in military markets served by more than one Military Department. Enhanced Multi-Service Markets are Multi-Service Markets identified by DoD Directive 5136.13, “Defense Health Agency (DHA), ...

Source of Definition

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

Defense Health Plan Appropriation (DHP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/22/2014

A single appropriation consisting of operation and maintenance; research, development, test, and evaluation; and procurement funds designed to finance the non-military personnel requirements of the MHS.

Source of Definition

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

Numerator [DoDI 6025.19]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/9/2014

The part of a fraction that is above the line and signifies the number to be divided by the denominator.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness

Related Glossary Terms

Numerator [DoDI 6025.13]

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)

Authorized Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A hospital or institutional provider, physician, or other individual professional provider, or other provider of services or supplies specifically authorized to provide benefits according to section 199.6 of Reference (z).

Source of Definition

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

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]

Personally Identifiable Information [DoDM 6025.13] (PII)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Information used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, biometric records, home phone numbers, other demographic, personnel, medical, ...

Source of Definition

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

Medical Staff Appointment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Formal, written authorization to perform patient care accompanied by a delineation of authorized clinical privileges and a pledge to abide by the rules and regulations of the medical or dental staff.  There are four types of medical staff ...

Source of Definition

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

Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A systematic process for identifying the causal and contributory factors associated with adverse events and near misses which includes the development of corrective action plans and outcomes measures.  The analysis focuses primarily on ...

Source of Definition

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