Term: Coded ALC (Alternate Level of Care)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-10-04


Hospitalizations or days of hospital care categorized as Coded ALC (rather than Possible ALC) are those for which the patient had at least one ALC Reason Code included on their hospital abstract and was thus designated ALC by his or her physician or authorized designate (Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 2010). Due to possible under-coding of ALC patients, it may be the case that properly coded ALC hospitalizations and days of care are a subset of the true number of non-acute patients occupying acute care hospital beds.

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