Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAC)

LTAC Focus: Aggressive Medical Management

What is a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAC)?

Long Term Acute Care is sometimes called an LTAC, LTACH, Continuing Care Hospital, or a Transitional Care Hospital.  LTAC is a fully functioning hospital that treats people who often come from an intensive care unit, also called an ICU. LTAC is a post acute care option that may be located within the walls of a traditional hospital or in a freestanding facility.  A typical person who goes to an LTAC requires an extended hospital stay with daily doctor visits, 24 hour respiratory and nursing care, as well as a team of people to help them recover to the fullest extent possible. In a traditional hospital, often called a short term acute care hospital, the general stay is 5-7 days and the goal is to stabilize a person. In an LTAC, the general stay is greater than 25 days. The goal is to not just get the person through the night, but to work toward improvement over the long term.

Admission to an LTAC requires one of the following serious medical conditions:

LTAC Therapy Services:

Therapy Services or rehab helps strengthen someone so they can transition to home or other post acute care settings. Medical conditions of people in an LTAC often limit the ability to participate in a more intense program that is offered at other post acute care settings. Therapy programs consist of:

  • Physical therapy also known as PT
  • Occupational therapy also known as OT
  • Speech therapy also known as ST or SLP

How are LTAC Hospitals paid for?

  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Advantage, most plans require the same hospitalization of a three day ICU or high complexity unit stay while in the hospital
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Medicaid Plans

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