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How is a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) like ASH different from a general acute care hospital or nursing home?
An LTACH offers specialized treatment for each patient over a longer period of time than an acute short-stay hospital. This allows for the patient’s unique needs to be met at the most optimum level. While nursing homes care for patients over the long term they do not typically offer intensive medical treatment.
How do physicians interact with patients at ASH?
Patients at ASH receive treatment from 2 full-time physicians and 2 mid-level providers such as a Physician’s Assistant 24 hours a day. Patient’s primary care doctors may also have input into the treatment process during the patients stay. Nurses and other members of the critical care team are also available 24 hours, 7days a week.
Will my insurance cover treatment at ASH?
ASH’s liaison nurses will make a visit with the patient to assess the medical treatment needs and verify insurance coverage. ASH is Medicare certified and accepts most insurance coverage. Our staff will let you know if your company is in-network or not. Even if not in-network we often work with insurance companies to provide in-network.
Where are patients discharged to when treatment ends?
When the course of treatment ends and the patient is stable enough to return to a less intensive level of care a discharge is ordered by the care management team. Most patients return to:
- acute and sub-acute rehab
- nursing centers
- assisted living residences