Choosing An LTACH

How to select the best long term acute care hospital.

Regular, short term hospitals are the main admission sources for patients needing long term acute care. That means your physician will likely recommend an one or two LTACHs if one is required. However, you still have a choice. We suggest you do your research before you accept his or her recommendation. Take the following factors into consideration before choosing a long term acute care hospital:

1. Location: Make sure the LTACH is close enough for loved ones to be able to visit frequently. Studies show that family involvement in hospitalizations prevents medical errors and assists in patient recovery.

2. Insurance: Verify the LTACH takes your insurance.

3. Quality: Quality is often overlooked but extremely important. is the only place that gives you a quality score to assist you in choosing a LTACH. The quality score is the percentage of people who rated their LTACH on and said they received quality care. When it's available, you'll find the quality score on the long term acute care hospital's profile page.

4. Recommendations: Word of mouth recommendations can tell us whether we can get along with providers on a personal level. Ask friends, family, and other associates if they have had experiences with the long term acute care hospitals on your list.

5. Reviews: Research online reviews-they are a valuable resource. They can give you a better picture of whether patients received quality care at the long term acute care hospital.

6. Amenities: Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you should consider all the other things each LTACH has to offer. How is the parking? What amenities are offered? Pick a LTACH where you'll feel as comfortable as possible.

Long term acute care hospitals are also known as LTACHs, LTAC hospitals, long stay hospitals, long term hospitals, and LTACs.

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