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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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Patient

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/26/2011

A sick, injured, wounded, or other person requiring medical or dental care or treatment.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.14: DoD Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in the Military Health System

TRICARE [DoDI 6000.14]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/26/2011

The DoD-managed healthcare program for active duty military, active duty service families, retirees and their families, and other beneficiaries.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.14: DoD Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in the Military Health System

Related Glossary Terms

TRICARE [DHA TM 7220.01]

Secretarial Designee Program (SECDES)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/16/2011

The program established pursuant to Sections 1074(c), 2559, and chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code to create by regulation, an eligibility for health care services in MTFs as well as dental treatment facilities for individuals who have ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6025.23: Health Care Eligibility Under the Secretarial Designee (SECDES) Program and Related Special Authorities

Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks Joint Leadership Council (ICLN JLC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/10/2011

A group composed of one senior policy member from each Federal department or agency participating in the ICLN. The JLC provides advice to senior Federal government officials with the objective of ensuring that the appropriate strategy and ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6440.03: DoD Laboratory Network (DLN)

Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks Network Coordinating Group (ICLN NCG)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/10/2011

The NCG is under the direction of the JLC and is a group composed of senior technical and program representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, DoD, Department of Justice, Department of State, and each network represented in the ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6440.03: DoD Laboratory Network (DLN)

Infectious Diseases

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/10/2011

Naturally occurring – well characterized or emerging.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6440.03: DoD Laboratory Network (DLN)

Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/10/2011

A diverse national and international laboratory network of local, State, and Federal public health, hospital-based, food testing, veterinary and environmental testing laboratories that provide rapid detection assays and laboratory diagnostics ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6440.02: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP)

Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks (ICLN)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/10/2011

A coordinated and operational system of Federal department or agency-sponsored laboratory networks that provide timely, high quality, and interpretable results for early detection and effective consequence management of acts of terrorism and ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6440.03: DoD Laboratory Network (DLN)

Dietary Supplement

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/18/2011

A product (other than tobacco) that is intended to supplement a diet that bears or contains one or more of these dietary ingredients: a vitamin; a mineral; an herb or other botanical; an amino acid; a dietary substance for use by humans to ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6130.05: DoD Nutrition Committee

Nutrition

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/18/2011

The processes by which living organisms obtain food and use it for growth, metabolism, and repair. Its stages include ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation, and excretion. The science that deals with food and nourishment, ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6130.05: DoD Nutrition Committee

Other Self-Care Products

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/18/2011

Products voluntarily introduced into the body that are not defined strictly as food or dietary supplements. Examples include functional foods (any healthy food claimed to have a health-promoting or disease-preventing property beyond the basic ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6130.05: DoD Nutrition Committee

Medical Treatment Facility [6025.13] (MTF)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

A DoD hospital or clinic operated to provide healthcare to active duty Service members or other DoD beneficiaries.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Medical Treatment Facility [6025.24] | Medical Treatment Facility or Dental Treatment Facility | Medical Treatment Facility [DoDI 1300.27]

Medical Quality Assurance Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

The proceedings, records, minutes, and reports that emanate from quality assurance program activities described in paragraph (1) and are produced or compiled by the Department of Defense as part of a medical quality assurance program.

Source of Definition

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

Quality in Healthcare

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

The degree to which healthcare services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge.

Source of Definition

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

Military Health System [DoDI 6025.13] (MHS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

Consists of the Department of Defense (DoD) medical and dental programs, personnel, facilities, and other assets operating pursuant to chapter 55 of Reference (c) by which the DoD provides healthcare services and support: To the Military ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

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