Long Term Care and Rehabilitation

Member Services and Benefits

Section Membership
Members of the Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Section are institutional members of the AHA and are both general hospitals and freestanding specialty hospitals that provide any of the following services to chronically ill, elderly, or disabled persons:

  • All short-term or long-term hospitals that provide medical rehabilitation, treat chronic disease, or provide other specialty care
  • Organized inpatient or outpatient programs of other general or specialty hospitals that provide specialized rehab services in a coordinated and integrated manner
  • Hospitals with short-stay hospital-based skilled nursing units that offer restorative, medical, or rehabilitative care to post-acute patients
  • Hospitals offering a spectrum of non-institutional services, such as adult day care, senior housing, geriatric assessments, geriatric primary care, and specialty care
  • Institutions that are hospital-affiliated and/or sponsor aging, long-term care, and/or rehabilitative programs and services

Governing Council
The section is guided by a governing council composed of 24 individuals representing health care leadership from some of the country's leading rehabilitation, long-term care, and skilled-nursing provider organizations and systems. Governing council members serve as elected or appointed representatives of their member peers. They provide input and participate in AHA’s overall policy development process, often identifying and tracking issues of special interest to the types of organizations and services they represent. They play a liaison role with other healthcare and consumer organizations concerned with similar issues.

Benefits of Section Membership
The section adds value to AHA membership through an array of services and programs that address the unique needs of section members. Section membership comes at no additional cost to hospitals. These services and programs include:

  • The AHA’s single point-of-access service at 312-422-3000 to a national network of information, ideas, insights, and experts on the key issues long-term care and rehab members face in forming community-based integrated networks
  • Specialized education and networking opportunities with a focus on common issues across various types of long-term care and rehab member organizations
  • Representation on AHA’s Regional Policy Boards, participation and liaison relationships with key organizations including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, CARF…The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, and the National Association of Long-Term Hospitals
  • National advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues that are important to long-term care and rehabilitation members, such as exempt-provider payment under Medicare, Medicaid coverage, and current initiatives, including the PPS update, fraud and abuse issues, home care conditions of participation, nursing home regulations, and PPS for skilled nursing, rehab, and home care
  • Communications from the section on advocacy and activities on your behalf
  • Relevant member services for long-term care and rehab providers, including research and technical assistance, as well as serving as a resource and clearinghouse for information and data


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