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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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Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

The data bank operated by The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) containing information on fraud, abuse and certain other misconduct by healthcare providers and suppliers. The HIPDB is a fraud and abuse data collection program for ...

Source of Definition

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

Patient-Centered

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.

Source of Definition

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

Abeyance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

The temporary assignment of 30 or fewer days of a provider from clinical duties to non-clinical duties while an internal or external peer review or QA investigation is conducted.

Source of Definition

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

Plan of Supervision

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

An approved arrangement to provide supervision, specific to a practitioner, which includes: the scope of care permitted, level of supervision, identity of supervisor, evaluation criteria, and frequency of evaluation.

Source of Definition

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

Unsafe Condition

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Potential event. Any circumstance that increases the probability of an adverse event.

Source of Definition

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

Impaired Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A provider who is unable to practice clinically with reasonable skill and safety because of physical or mental illness, including deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skills, or excessive use or abuse of drugs, including ...

Source of Definition

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

Summary Suspension

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

The temporary removal of all or part of a provider’s privileges, taken prior to the completion of due process procedures, based on peer assessment and command determination that the action is needed to protect patients or the integrity ...

Source of Definition

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

Reduction in Privileges

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A portion of a provider’s clinical privileges permanently removed.  It may be based on misconduct, physical impairment, or other factors limiting a provider's capability. Reduction in privileges is reportable to the National ...

Source of Definition

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

Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

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)

Related Glossary Terms

Credentialed Provider | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Adverse Event

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Unintended occurrences or conditions associated with care or services that reach the patient and that may or may not result in harm to the patient. These may be because of acts of commission or omission.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Adverse Practice Action | Adverse Privileging Action

Centralized Credentials Quality Assurance System (CCQAS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A database for managing a provider’s credentials and privileges or scope of practice. This includes information on adverse privileging or practice actions, malpractice claims, and PCEs.

Source of Definition

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

Peer Review Panel

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Military Treatment Facility (MTF) panel comprised of at least three clinical peers of the involved provider (similar clinical specialty, education, and training).

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Peer Review

Operational Healthcare Units

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

Those deployable units that while at home station are treating only active duty personnel and Reserve Component members on duty status and not a component of an accredited military treatment facility.

Source of Definition

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

Attorney Work Product Doctrine

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A doctrine whereby material prepared by an attorney in the anticipation of litigation may be protected from discovery. The attorney work product doctrine applies to the notes, statements of witnesses, private memoranda, and mental impressions ...

Source of Definition

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

Other Authorizing Document

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/29/2013

A mechanism, such as registration and certification, by which a State; the District of Columbia; or a Commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States grants authority to provide healthcare in a specified discipline.  In ...

Source of Definition

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