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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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Numerator [DoDI 6025.13]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

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

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Numerator [DoDI 6025.19]

Adverse Privileging Action

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Denial, suspension, restriction, reduction, or revocation of clinical privileges based upon misconduct, impairment, or lack of professional competence that adversely affects the safe delivery of healthcare

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Adverse Event | Adverse Practice Action

Provider Credentials File

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A file containing pertinent information regarding an individual privileged provider to include credentialing and privileging documents, permanent performance data, medical practice reviews, continuing health education documentation, and ...

Source of Definition

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

Denominator [DoDM 6025.13]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

The part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Denominator [DoDI 6025.19]

Standard of Care (SOC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Healthcare diagnostic or treatment judgments and actions of a provider generally accepted in the healthcare discipline or specialty involved as reasonable and appropriate.

Source of Definition

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

Medical Quality Assurance Peer Review Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Means any assessment of the quality of medical care carried out by a health care professional, including any such assessment of professional performance, any patient safety program root cause analysis or report, or any similar activity ...

Source of Definition

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

National Provider Identifier

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A nationally applicable identifier issued by the government and required by individuals, groups, or organizations that provide medical or other health services or supplies.

Source of Definition

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

Fraction

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A numerical representation (as 3⁄4, 5⁄8, or 3.234) indicating the quotient of two numbers.

Source of Definition

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

Protected Health Information (PHI)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Individually identifiable health information



Source of Definition

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

Significantly Involved Providers

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Providers who actively delivered care in primary or consultative roles during the episode(s) of care that gave rise to the allegation, regardless of the standard of care (SOC) determination.

Source of Definition

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

Denial of Privileges

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Refusal to grant requested privileges to a provider, at the time of initial application or renewal, due to professional or clinical concerns, or due to facility-specific limitations.  Denial of privileges due to professional incompetence ...

Source of Definition

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

The Joint Commission (TJC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

An independent, not-for-profit organization that is a standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. TJC accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to ...

Source of Definition

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

Performance Improvement

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

The continuous study and adaptation of a healthcare organization’s functions, structure, and processes to increase the probability of achieving desired outcomes and to better meet the needs of individuals, populations, and other users of ...

Source of Definition

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

Individual Quality Assurance Action

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A provider sanction, privileging action, or other activity on an individual healthcare provider intended to address a quality of healthcare matter. Such an action is based on processes structured by the Quality Assurance (QA) program.

Source of Definition

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

Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guideline

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Systematically developed disease or diagnosis-based statements to assist care givers and patient decisions about appropriate preventative actions and care for specific clinical conditions or circumstances.

Source of Definition

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