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Data Element Name:  Alternate Level of Care Days File Location:   Master, De-Identified
SPARCS Data Element Number:  44
Record Positions:   See Group Definition Format-Length:  N - 4
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 - 1/1/1999 Revision Date:  January 1999
Deniable Data Element:  No


The total number of patient days associated with this sequence at a level of care other than acute.

Codes and Values:
  1. Must have been right justified and zero filled.

  2. If this field was not applicable it must have contained zeros.

Edit Applications:
  1. Must have been less than the Length of Stay (Data Element 93).

  2. The number of days must have been less than or equal to the number of days from the Date Alternate Care Required (Data Element 19) to the Discharge Date (Data Element 6 & 7).

  3. Total Alternate Level of Care Days for multiple payer submissions must not exceed Length of Stay (Data Element 93).

  4. If Alternate Level of Care Days was entered, Type of Alternate Care Required (Data Element 18) and Date Alternate Care Required (Data Element 19) were also reported. If Type and Date of Alternate Care Required were reported, at least one Alternate Level of Care Day for one of the record sequences must have been reported.

Conversion Notes:

The above Codes and Values and Edit Applications conditions only apply if the data was reported in a UDS Version 4 submission. This information was calculated from the Non-Acute Care Dates for ALC Non-Acute Care Types (75, 81, & 82) reported in UDS Version 5 submissions and the total was accumulated in Total Alternate Level of Care Days (Data Element 20).