AHCA/NCAL Guidance: Accepting Admissions from Hospitals During COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

AHCA (American Health Care Association) and NCAL (National Center for Assisted Living) had updated guidance on accepting admissions from hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance was revised/updated on March 30, 2020.

“The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to long term care facilities (SNFs and ALs) to determine when making decisions about accepting hospital discharges to LTC facilities. The decision-making and guidance are revised from March 20. The revisions are based on new evidence from CDC but may change as new data becomes available, the prevalence of COVID19 varies in communities, hospital surge increases, or state officials issue additional orders. It is likely state public health officials may issue state or regional specific guidance that supersedes this guidance.”

The document is 3-pages including this table:


I want to reinforce that this guidance is for both LTC and ALs.  This is an extremely helpful and specific guidance.  Utilize it in conjunction with CMS and CDC guidance.  No joke: we are truly all in this together!  Please be safe in your communities!!!