Long-term care hospitals under Medicare: facility-level characteristics

Health Care Financ Rev. 2001 Winter;23(2):1-18.


Though accounting for only a small percentage of total Medicare spending, long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) (defined as having an average length of stay [LOS] of 25 days or more) have been growing, in number and in Medicare expenditures, at a rapid rate in recent years. Because they have not been widely studied, we conducted research to describe the characteristics of this increasingly important Medicare provider type. We found that most LTCHs specialize in the provision of respiratory care or rehabilitation. Information from this study can help inform the development of a Medicare prospective payment system for LTCHs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Expenditures / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, Chronic Disease / classification
  • Hospitals, Chronic Disease / economics
  • Hospitals, Chronic Disease / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Chronic Disease / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Length of Stay / trends
  • Long-Term Care / economics
  • Long-Term Care / organization & administration*
  • Long-Term Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Medicare / organization & administration*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
  • Prospective Payment System
  • United States