An episode of admitted patient care is a phase of treatment (reflected by the care type). There may be more than one episode of admitted patient care within one hospital stay.
An episode of admitted patient care begins on the date the person meets the criteria to be admitted (formally or statistically) to a hospital for a particular care type.
An episode of admitted patient care ends when the principal clinical purpose (and thus care type) changes or when the patient is formally separated from the facility.
Separation may be formal as the result of death, discharge, or transfer to another facility, or a statistical separation to a different care type.
The treatment and/or care provided to a patient during an episode of admitted care can occur in hospital and/or in the person's home (for hospital-in-the-home patients).
Persons with a care type of Hospital boarder or Organ procurement-posthumous are excluded as they are not considered to be admitted patients.