LAC DPH interfacility transfer guidance has been changed to ease the limits on transfer from hospitals to SNF during the current unprecedented surge.
Who this is for: Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), and any Congregate Residential/Congregate Care facility involved in the discharging, transferring, and accepting of patients with and without COVID-19.
What this is for: To allow hospitals to discharge medically stable patients while preventing the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 in receiving institutions and to enable interfacility transfers between SNF and other Congregate Residential/Care facilities.
What is provided: Discharge/transfer criteria for a variety of patient scenarios and receiving facility settings based on CDC and CDPH guidance and LAC DPH recent COVID-19 experience.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) include nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. All SNFs are required to be able to maintain Transmission-Based Precautions.
Dedicated COVID-19 Facility is any SNF approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) to be designated as COVID-19- only facility. These facilities can accept COVID-infected patients once they are medically stable and then transfer patients out to other facilities when no longer infectious .
Congregate Residential/Care Facilities include congregate care facilities and a variety of other congregate residential facilities.
Included in this setting are the following mental health/psychiatric facilities: Crisis Residential Treatment Programs, Behavioral / Mental Health Urgent Care Centers, Enriched Residential Services (board and care w/ additional services) and Enriched Residential Care (board and care w/ FSP), and Short Term Residential Treatment Programs