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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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Personal Representative

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

A person designated by the Service member, or court-appointed guardian or other individual designated in accordance with DoD Manual 6025.18 to make SCAADL decisions on behalf of the Service member.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Personal Representative

Primary Caregiver

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

An individual who renders assistance to an eligible Service member to support ADL and specific services essential to the safe management of the Service member’s condition. Also referred to as a home health aide.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Primary Caregiver

Outpatient

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

A patient who is not admitted into a hospital.  Outpatient care includes care in emergency rooms, same day surgery centers, and ambulatory procedure clinics for patients who are not subsequently hospitalized overnight during the episode ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Outpatient [DoDI 6040.45]

Permanent

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

Lasting or remaining without essential change; not expected to change in status, condition, or place.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

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Permanent

Service Designated Representative

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

An individual authorized to certify a Service member’s Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) eligibility on the DD Form 2948 on behalf of the respective Military Service.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Service Designated Representative

Catastrophic Injury or Illness

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

A permanent, severely disabling injury, disorder, or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty that compromises the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) to such a degree that a Service member requires personal or ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Catastrophic Injury or Illness

Health Care Professional

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

Military or civilian personnel (including working under contractual or similar arrangement) who have received advanced education or training beyond the technical level in a recognized health care discipline and who are licensed, certified, or ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Care Professional

Line of Duty

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

An inquiry used to determine whether an injury or disease occurred while in a military duty status, whether it was aggravated by military duty, and whether incurrence or aggravation was due to the Service member’s intentional misconduct ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Line of Duty

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

Feeding (including special diets), dressing and sheltering; personal hygiene; observation and general monitoring; bowel training or management (unless abnormalities in bowel function are of a severity to result in a need for medical or ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Manual 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Activities of Daily Living

DoD or VA licensed Physician

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

A physician with medical expertise in the determination of medical disability by nature of their medical training or completion of training specifically with the intent and requirements of Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Inpatient

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
10/31/2019

An individual who is admitted to a hospital or other authorized institution for bed occupancy to receive necessary medical care, with the reasonable expectation the patient will remain in the institution at least 24 hours, and with the ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process

Related Glossary Terms:

Inpatient [DoDI 6040.45] | Inpatient Record

Detainee Medical Program Activities

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/5/2019

The system of health care developed by the ASD(HA) that includes procedures and standards for health care-related activities and that are consistent with policies related to the DoD Detainee Program as set forth in DoDD 2310.01E.

Source of Definition:

DODI 2310.08 Medical Program Support For Detainee Operations

Detainee

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/5/2019

Any individual captured by, or transferred to the custody or control of, DoD personnel pursuant to the law of war.  This does not include persons being held solely for law enforcement purposes, except where the United States is the ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 2310.08 Medical Program Support For Detainee Operations

Related Glossary Terms:

Detainee

DoD Military Health System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/5/2019

DoD medical and dental programs, personnel, facilities, and other assets operating pursuant to chapter 55 of Title 10, by which the DoD provides health care services and support to the Military Services during the range of military operations. ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 2310.08 Medical Program Support For Detainee Operations

Related Glossary Terms:

DoD Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System [DoDI 6000.08] | Military Health System [DoDI 6025.13] | Military Health System [DoDM 6025.13]

Retained Personnel

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/5/2019

An individual who is described by Article 28 of Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 2310.08 Medical Program Support For Detainee Operations

Related Glossary Terms:

Retained Personnel
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