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Long-Term-Care Hospitals Adverse Events in Postacute Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

Long-term-care hospitals (LTCHs) are inpatient hospitals that provide long-term care to clinically complex patients, such as those with multiple acute or chronic conditions. Medicare beneficiaries typically enter LTCHs following an acute-care hospital stay to receive intensive rehabilitation and medical care. LTCHs are the third most common type of postacute care facility after SNFs and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. LTCHs account for nearly 11 percent of Medicare costs for postacute care ($5.4 billion in FY 2011). We will estimate the national incidence of adverse and temporary harm events for Medicare beneficiaries receiving care in LTCHs. We will also identify factors contributing to these events and determine the extent to which the events were preventable.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Long-Term-Care Hospitals Adverse Events in Postacute Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-06-14-00530 2018

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