End of LTACH Moratorium Good for Patients, Hospitals

Reprinted from Community Hospital Corporation’s “Monthly Update”

Long-term acute care hospitals, or LTACHs, are an essential part of the continuum of care for patients with complex medical needs requiring longer stays in a specialized setting.

Since the federal government’s moratorium on LTACH expansion and new development ended Sept. 30, more patients will benefit from this level of care, freeing up ICU beds for others.

The moratorium is a gain from a provider perspective, as well. “With the moratorium sunset, LTACH growth opportunities are expected,” says April Myers, CHC’s senior vice president of post-acute operations.

There are 437 Medicare-certified LTACHs across the country, operating as a hospital within a hospital, a hospital satellite, or as a freestanding model. “We see that number rising in the future to meet the growing need for long-term acute care services,” Myers says.


Republished from Community Hospital Corporation’s “Monthly Update.” CHC currently owns 11 LTACHs in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas. CHC also contracts with other LTACHs to help them improve clinical outcomes while boosting financial performance. Read more about the importance of LTACH on http://www.communityhospitalcorp.com/community-hospital-blog/~long-term-acute-care-moves-forward-moratorium-ended.

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