Definitions for "Level Of Care"
Keywords:  asam, inpatient, outpatient, carer, loc
A structured system of types of care. For substance abuse programs, as used in the ASAM criteria for substance abuse, this term refers to four broad areas of treatment placement, ranging from inpatient to outpatient.
The type of professional long-term care required to meet a patient's (or resident's) health, psychological, social and rehabilitative needs. The LOC must be determined before application for Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits.
Determination of type of care most appropriate to meet consumer needs. Common levels of care are nursing facility diversion, nursing facility long or short term, personal care home, community service, waiver services, etc.
The range of treatment or procedure a patient receives. This includes the medical level of expertise available.