Most times, a short stay at a hospital is great for improving and stabilizing a senior's medical condition. Eventually, the happy day comes when you can go home. However, there are times where weeks of complex treatment are still needed. Traditionally, these needs have been met in a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH). Recent developments though have caused some of these LTACH's to close their doors, and we could expect more closures. Here is why.
- Medicare has been rolling out changes in the way they pay these facilities. According to one estimate, LTACH's received about $41,000 for a typical stay of about 25 days. The changes could cause that to drop to about $10,000. Although health care is for sick people, the reality is that these facilities do need to make money.
- Managed care is becoming more focused on providing the best possible care with the least possible cost to Medicare. In many cases, a stay at an LTACH will not be necessary so the hospital and doctor would need to make another less expensive recommendation.
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) are becoming more and more adept at providing post-acute care. This includes complex wound care and ventilator services, as well as more frequent visits by physicians.
While these changes are being progressively rolled out, if you do need care after a stay in a traditional hospital, speak with a social worker about any concerns you have regarding Medicare paying for your services.
Caring Senior Service has the experience, compassion, and training necessary for comprehensive home care, and we also offer a wide range of home care services that are all designed to make life easier for seniors and their families. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today!