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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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Business Associate

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2020

Disability Evaluation System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/12/2020

The DoD mechanism for determining fitness for duty, separation, or retirement of Service members because of disability in accordance with Chapter 61 of Title 10, United States Code.

Source of Definition

DTM 20-001 Policy Revisions for the Disability Evaluation System

Related Glossary Terms

Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System [DoDI 1332.18] | Disability Evaluation System [DoDI 6010.23] | Disability Evaluation System [DoDI 6040.44] | Disability Evaluation System DoDM 133218v1 | Disability Evaluation System [DoDM 1332.18v3)

Integrated Disability Evaluation System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/12/2020

The joint DoD-VA process by which DoD determines whether ill or injured Service members are fit for continued service and DoD and VA determine appropriate benefits for Service members who are separated or retired for disability.

Source of Definition

DTM 20-001 Policy Revisions for the Disability Evaluation System

Related Glossary Terms

Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System

Legacy Disability Evaluation System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/12/2020

A DoD-only disability evaluation mechanism to assess ill or injured Service members’ fitness for continued military service and, if unfit, the appropriate disability disposition.  Service members processed through the LDES must be ...

Source of Definition

DTM 20-001 Policy Revisions for the Disability Evaluation System

Related Glossary Terms

Legacy Disability Evaluation System | Legacy Disability Evaluation System

Multi Disciplinary Briefing

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/12/2020

A briefing that establishes Service member expectations, prepares Service members for each stage of the DES process, and informs Service members of what is expected of them during the DES process.

Source of Definition

DTM 20-001 Policy Revisions for the Disability Evaluation System

Related Glossary Terms

Multi Disciplinary Briefing

End State Required by Section 725 of Public Law 114 328

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Authorized medical services, personnel strengths, and MTF infrastructure of the direct care system are limited to those needed to maintain the critical wartime medical readiness skills and core competencies of healthcare providers within the ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

End State Required by Section 725 of Public Law 114 328

Military Health System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

All DoD medical and dental programs, personnel, facilities, and other assets operating pursuant to Chapter 55 of Title 10, United States Code, by which the DoD provides:  Health care services and support to the Military Services during ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

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]

Authorized Strength

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

The total number of authorized military and civilian personnel positions identified on the manning document for an MTF.  For military positions, authorized means the Secretary of the appropriate Military Department has agreed to commit an ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Authorized Strength

Health Care Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Any member of the Armed Forces, civilian employee of the Department of Defense, or personal services contract employee under Title 10, United States Code, Section 1091 authorized by the Department of Defense to perform health care functions.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Health Care Provider | Health Care Provider | Health Care Provider | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 8580.02] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 1300.27] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6490.10] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Just In Time Manner

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Six weeks or fewer.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Just In Time Manner

Medical Personnel

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

A Service member, civilian employee, or contracted individual, whose primary duty involves the delivery or direct support of the delivery of medical or dental care.

Source of Definition

DODI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Medical Personnel

Civilian Employees Providing Primary Care Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Any non-military health care provider who has patients empaneled to himself or herself and serves as the manager for clinical care of those patients.  This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants practicing in ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Civilian Employees Providing Primary Care Services

Wartime Medical Specialities

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Medical specialties identified in the DoD Personnel Management Plan for Trauma-Related and Other Wartime Medical Specialties, developed in response to Section 708(d) of Public Law 114-328.  These include emergency medical services and pre ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Contract Health Providers

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Medical and dental personnel who are authorized to provide health care services in military MTFs or contract clinics by way of a personal services contract pursuant to Section 1091 of Title 10, United States Code or a non-personal services ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Contract Health Providers

Primary Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

The provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6000.19 Military Medical Treatment Facility Support of Medical Readiness Skills of Health Care Providers

Related Glossary Terms

Primary Caregiver | Primary Caregiver
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