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Partnering to Effectively Manage Your LTACH-Appropriate Patients

Specific patient types, especially medically-complex patients who have often spent multiple days in the ICU or med/surg unit, experience improved outcomes with specialized post-acute care.

While this patient population makes up a small percentage of overall care delivery, it is imperative they receive the intensive care they require in the most appropriate setting(s) to effectively manage their total cost of care and deliver positive outcomes. That’s where we can help.

In our 63 long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) across the country, we provide daily physician oversight and ICU-level treatment for lasting patient healing, allowing us to move patients appropriate through the continuum of care.

“LTAC hospitals differentiate themselves because they have a laser focus on patients who are ventilator dependent, have respiratory failure, require dialysis, and have complex [post] surgical needs, etc. – all of that requires a multi-disciplinary approach [in which] LTAC hospitals specialize.”1

Healthcare settings on a scale of intensity of service level

LTACHs Provide Quality, Acute-Level Care

Discharge delays from STACHs can be detrimental for patients, providers and payors. Further, discharging patients who would benefit from daily physician oversight to a lower-level of care, such as a SNF, can lead to costly readmissions.

In these cases, long-term acute care hospitals can often be the most appropriate care setting for optimal recovery. Here are a few ways LTACHs are different than other post-acute care settings:

  • Daily physician oversight
  • No 25-day average length of stay (ALOS) requirement
  • Licensed as acute care hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Adherence to STACH nurse staffing ratios, if not better/lower
  • Physicians specializing in pulmonology, infections, disease, neurology and more
  • Onsite telemetry, diagnostics and lab capabilities
  • 24/7 respiratory coverage
  • ICU- and CCU-level clinicians
  • Care team and plans are customized based on patient needs
  • Rehabilitation therapy is included in patient care as soon as is safe and appropriate and may include: RT, PT, OT and SLP

LTACH attributes

Why Partner with Kindred for Your Medically Complex Patients?

We maintain an innovative approach to Managed Care partnerships.

Our partners benefit from:

  • Transparency and data sharing through regular touchpoints we call Joint Quality Commission meetings (or JQCs)
  • Achieving greater patient access through our over 30 years of clinical expertise and a national footprint of outcomes data. Further, all of our LTACHs are in the process of achieving disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission in Sepsis and Respiratory Failure.
  • Collaborative approach to contracting and renewals focused on high-quality and lower total cost-of-care
  • Experience in value-based contracting to drive quality outcomes for patients and partners

Our partnerships are unique based on the product. We currently support:

  • Commercial
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Managed Medicaid

Reference

  1. https://atiadvisory.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Role-of-LTAC-Hospitals-in-COVID-19-Pandemic.pdf