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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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TRICARE

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/31/2019

The DoD health care program that provides health care coverage for medical services, medications, and dental care for military families, retirees and their families, and survivors.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

TRICARE [DHA TM 7220.01] | TRICARE | TRICARE | TRICARE [DoDD 6010.04] | TRICARE [DoDI 6000.14] | TRICARE [DoDI 6015.23] | TRICARE [DoDI 6025.25] | TRICARE [DoDI 6040.45]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

Related Glossary Terms

Permanent

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

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

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

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

Detainee Operation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/5/2019

Any operation conducted by DoD personnel involving detainees who are within DoD custody or control.

Source of Definition

DODI 2310.09 Behavioral Science Support in Detainee Operations and Intelligence Interrogations

Related Glossary Terms

Detainee Operation

Detainee Operations

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/5/2019

A broad term that encompasses the capture, initial detention and screening, transportation, treatment and protection, housing, transfer, and release of the wide range of persons who could be categorized as detainees.

Source of Definition

DODI 2310.09 Behavioral Science Support in Detainee Operations and Intelligence Interrogations

Related Glossary Terms

Detainee Operations

Behavioral Drift

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/5/2019

The continual re-establishment of new, often unstated, and unofficial standards of behavior in an unintended direction.  It often occurs as established, official standards of behavior are not enforced.  Ambiguous guidance, poor ...

Source of Definition

DODI 2310.09 Behavioral Science Support in Detainee Operations and Intelligence Interrogations

Related Glossary Terms

Behavioral Drift
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