Long-term care hospitals are for individuals with medically complex problems who require hospital-level care for extended periods.

What is a Long-Term Care Hospital?

Long-term care hospitals, sometimes called transitional care hospitals, provide intensive medical and rehabilitative care to individuals with clinically complex problems over an average length of stay of 25 days or longer.

What types of services are offered in a long-term care hospital?

Long term care hospitals offer the same level of care you would receive in a traditional hospital or intensive care unit, but over a longer amount of time. This is a much higher level of specialized care than the care provided in a skilled nursing or inpatient rehabilitation facility. Patients typically have around-the-clock access to physician services.

What types of patients and conditions are treated in a long-term care hospital?

Patients with a need for intensive medical care over a period greater than 25 days are typically sent to a long-term care hospital before they are well enough to return home or go to rehab.

How to pay for care in a long-term care hospital?

Because care provided in a long-term care hospital is considered medically necessary, it is usually covered by health insurance. In general, patients do not pay more for care in a long-term care hospital than in an acute care hospital because it is the same condition that is being treated. This applies if the patient is transferred directly from an acute care hospital. Coverage is similar for Medicaid and private insurance – but every health policy is different and we encourage all patients to check your individual coverage and benefits before making any decisions.

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