Pre-Admission Screening Law and Legal Definition

Pre-admission screening in the context of health care refers to the screening to which each applicant for admission to a nursing facility is submitted. Usually, a pre-admission screening is conducted to ensure that the nursing facility does not admit an individual with mental illness or mental retardation. Mentally retarded persons will be admitted to a nursing facility only if the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation has determined that such individual requires the level of care furnished by the facility.