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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

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

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

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

Direct Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Medical care provided to Service members and beneficiaries from healthcare facilities and medical support organizations owned by the DoD.

Source of Definition

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

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Direct Care

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

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]

Expeditionary Readiness

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Possession of the appropriate KSAs required to perform duties of a Service member’s assigned specialty in a deployed or operational setting.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Expeditionary Readiness

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

Military Health Care Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Service personnel who are authorized to perform health care functions.  This includes members of the Active and Reserve Components.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Military Health Care Provider

Purchased Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Medical care provided by civilian providers, including individuals, groups, hospitals, and clinics, who have agreed to accept TRICARE beneficiaries.  Providers in the purchased care system generally deliver healthcare at negotiated ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Purchased Care

Privileged Health Care Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

A health care professional who, in accordance with the regulations of care provider a Military Department or the DHA, is granted clinical practice privileges to provide health care services in a MTF, in accordance with DHA Procedures Manual ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Privileged Health Care Provider | Privileged Healthcare Provider

Wartime Medical Skills

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Specific abilities required by medical personnel that are essential to the success of the medical mission during deployed operations.

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Wartime Medical Skills

Contract Clinics

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/7/2020

Treatment facilities that are physically separate from an inpatient military MTF; staffed exclusively or primarily by contractor personnel; dedicated to treating DoD beneficiaries unless primarily serving Service members; and operated in ...

Source of Definition

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

Related Glossary Terms

Contract Clinics
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