Role of long-term acute care in reducing hospital readmission.
Hosp Pract (1995). 2017 Oct;45(4):175-179
Authors: Velazco JF, Ghamande S, Surani S
Long-term acute care hospitals (LTACs) are health care facilities capable of admitting complex patients with high acuity that are unable to return home after hospitalization in acute care. Its defining characteristic is to accommodate patients for a length of stay greater than 25 days, however, little is known about its role of preventing hospital readmissions. Created in the 1980s, these facilities were designed to help acute care facilities improve their resource management, expenditures, and quality of care. Although these units were initially created for chronic ventilator weaning, their scope of practice has broadened. This article analyzes studies and suggests role of LTACs in reducing hospital readmissions.
PMID: 28675708 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]