Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) Law and Legal Definition

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) means the medical tests that are completed prior to scheduled procedures, including surgery, or scheduled admissions to the hospital or inpatient health care facility. PAT requires a written order from the physician which is forwarded to the Pre-Admissions and Access departments. The physician-ordered tests will be scheduled by the Access office after consulting with the patient. PAT is conducted 14 to 21 days prior to the surgery or scheduled admission.