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MedPAC > Recommendations > Defining long-term care hospitals (A)

Defining long-term care hospitals (A)

June 15, 2004

The Congress and the Secretary should define long-term care hospitals by facility and patient criteria that ensure that patients admitted to these facilities are medically complex and have a good chance of improvement.
* Facility-level criteria should characterize this level of care by features such as staffing, patient evaluation and review processes, and mix of patients.
* Patient-level criteria should identify specific clinical characteristics and treatment modalities.

Topics: Post-acute care.