Healthcare Providers Guidance
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Healthcare Providers Guidance


As a healthcare provider you play a critical role in the deployment health assessment process.

Sailors access and submit DHA forms electronically via the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) eHA application. Sailors and providers are able to access the eHA application. DHA's must be reviewed via face-to-face interview and then certified by a healthcare provider. Certification by the healthcare provider completes the DHA and allows the information to be transferred to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFSHSC) and Medical Readiness Reporting System (MRRS).

A signed paper copy of the completed DHA form shall be placed in the medical record for validation and continuity of care. An electronic copy can also be cut and pasted into the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), which an electronic health record system that is used by the DoD.

MRRS Specific Information
MRRS provides a common operating picture of Sailors who require the DHA and follow on mental health assessments (MHA) once they have been identified.

  • The "deploy" tab in MRRS is used to identify Sailors as deployed that requires DHAs and to record their completion. Once a deployment has been completed, the "Deployment Status" section will display the due dates and completion status of the DHAs and MHA. See the "Training" pages for detailed information.

  • Providers should not certify a PDHRA if it has not been at least 90 days since the Sailor returned. An exception is made to complete the PDHRA early if the Sailor is separating from the service.

  • If an assessment was not completed and the Sailor is now in the next DHA window, there is not a requirement to complete the prior assessment. If the PDHA DD FORM 2796 was not completed and the Sailor has been back for more than 90 days and due for the PDHRA, then it needs to be completed.

  • The DHA should be certified regardless of any required referrals or their resolution.

  • Providers should check for PDHRA completion from the most recent deployment during the annual PHS and while conducting a separation physical.

  • An overdue PDHRA will cause the Sailor's IMR to be indeterminate and a new PHA will not be valid until the PDHRA has been completed.

  • Manual updating MRRS of the DHA completion is not required and highly discouraged because the completion is automatically sent from eDHA to MRRS and results in duplicative entries.

eHA Specific Information:
Instruction for access to eHA is obtained on the eHA website (CAC required). The Deployment Mental Health Assessment (DMHA) DD Form 2978 is conducted concurrently and incorporated into the Pre-DHA DD Form 2795 and PDHRA DD Form 2900. Medical providers need to have the DoD required MHA training in order tom complete the DHAs. More information can be found on the eHA website.

 
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