Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Law and Legal Definition

Long-term care hospital (LTCH) means a facility that provides extended medical and rehabilitative care to individuals who are clinically complex and have multiple acute or chronic conditions. In a LTCH, patients will stay for more than 25 days. Most of the LTCH patients are those who are transferred from intensive, critical care unit, or acute hospitals.

Services provided by the LTCH include: rehabilitative services, restorative services, skilled nursing care to patients who need assistance in daily activities of life, respiratory therapy, head trauma treatment, and pain management. Nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, inpatient behavioral health facilities, and long-term chronic care hospitals are all examples of LTCH.