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Dataset: Long-term Care Hospital Compare (LTCH)

Basic Information
Dataset Full Name Long-term Care Hospital Compare
Dataset Acronym LTCH

The Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare includes information on approximately 400 hospitals across the nation and provides a snapshot of the quality of care in each hospital. It contains data on long-term care hospitals based on important indicators of healthcare quality, such as the proportion of patients health care acquired conditions, falls, pressure ulcers and unplanned re-admission rates. 

Note that patient level data are not available. All data are aggregated at the national, state and specific Long-term Care (LTC) Hospital level.

Key Terms

Long term care, Hospitals, Quality of care

Study Design Longitudinal
Data Type(s) Administrative
Sponsoring Agency/Entity

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Health Conditions/Disability Measures
Health Condition(s)

Pressure ulcers, Catheter associated urinary tract infections, Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

Disability Measures


Measures/Outcomes of Interest

Health complications (Healthcare-acquired conditions: falls & pressure ulcers) Effective care, Healthcare associated infections, Prevention (resident & healthcare worker flu vaccination coverage), Unplanned readmissions,  Successful return to home/community, Payment & value of care, % patients with ADL assessment

Sample Population

Long Term Care hospitals

Sample Size/Notes

Approximately 400 LTC hospitals

Unit of Observation



North America


United States

Geographic Coverage


Geographic Specificity

Individual Long Term Hospital facility

Data Collection
Data Collection Mode

Hospital Administrative data

Years Collected

2016 - current

Data Collection Frequency


Strengths and Limitations

Includes all Medicare funded LTC hospitals. Allows comparisons between facilities and relative to national averages.


Limited data collected, some measures change or have been dropped over time

Only includes hospital/facility level data

Data Details
Primary Website


Data Access


Data Access Requirements

Public Use Dataset

Summary Tables/Reports

View data tables:


Data visualization:


Data Components

General Information.csv

A list of long-term care hospitals with information such as address, phone number, ownership data etc.

National data.csv:

National data on the quality of patient care measures shown on Long-Term Care Hospital Compare.

Provider data.csv:

A list of long-term care hospitals with data on the quality of patient care measures

Similar/Related Dataset(s)

Home Health Compare

Nursing Home Compare

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare

Selected Papers
Other Papers

Database Dictionary:


LTCH Quality Public Reporting:


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