Health-Care Facilities & Types of Care

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Published: 03/9/21 5:00 AM

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Health-Care Facilities & Types of Care

This article was published on: 03/9/21 5:00 AM




For those wanting to understand their Health Plans better, the various types of Health-Care facilities & types of care can be confusing. Where do I go for urgent care? What is the difference between long-term care and custodial care?

In order to get the most out of your employer-sponsored health insurance benefits, and to be sure that you are getting the most cost-effective care, it is important to understand the terms you will find in your plan booklet.


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Health-Care Facilities & Types of Care

Health-Care Facilities

  • Ambulatory setting—Institutions such as surgery centers, clinics or other outpatient facilities that provide outpatient health-care services.
  • Approved health-care facility or program—A facility or program that is licensed, certified or otherwise authorized according to the laws of the state to provide healthcare, and which has been approved by a health plan as described in the contract.
  • Extended care facility—A nursing home or nursing center that is licensed to operate in accordance with all applicable state and local laws and that provides 24-hour nursing care. These facilities offer skilled, intermediate or custodial care, or any combination of these types of care.
  • Facility—A physical location where health-care services are provided, such as a hospital, clinic, emergency room or ambulatory care center.
  • Home health agency (HHA)—A state and federally certified facility that is approved to provide health-care services in the home.
  • Hospice—A facility or program that is primarily designed to provide pain relief, symptom management and supportive services for the terminally ill and their families.
  • Intermediate care facility—A facility that is licensed by the state and provides nursing care to patients who require a degree of care that is less than would be received in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, but more than room and board.
  • Long-term care facility—Usually a state licensed facility that provides skilled nursing services, intermediate care and custodial care.
  • Nursing home—A licensed facility that provides general nursing care to chronically ill patients who are unable to care for themselves and their daily living needs. Also referred to as a long-term care facility.
  • Outpatient surgical center—A health-care facility, separate from a hospital, that provides pre-scheduled outpatient surgical services. Also called a freestanding outpatient surgical center or day-surgery center.
  • Skilled nursing facility—A facility either freestanding or part of a hospital, which provides rehabilitation and medical care that is less intense than would be provided in a hospital.
  • Sub-acute care facility—An intermediate care facility which provides care for patients too ill to be released to long-term care or their homes, but not so ill that they require ongoing hospitalization.
  • Treatment facility—Any residential or non-residential facility that is authorized to provide treatment for mental health conditions or substance abuse.
  • Urgent care center—A health-care facility whose primary purpose is the provision of immediate, short-term medical care for minor but urgent medical conditions. Serves as an alternative to the hospital emergency room.

Types of Care

  • Activities of daily living (ADL)—Everyday living functions and activities performed by individuals without assistance, including walking, dressing, personal hygiene and eating.
  • Acute care—Skilled medical care provided by medical and nursing personnel in order to restore a person to good health.
  • Adult day care—A type of care (usually custodial) for individuals who require assistance with various activities of daily living while their primary caregivers are absent.
  • Aftercare—Patient services required after hospitalization or rehabilitation.
  • Ambulatory care—Care given on an outpatient basis.
  • Ancillary care—Additional services (other than room and board) performed relating to a specific incident of care. Includes services such as x-rays, lab work, radiology, and anesthesia.
  • Behavioral healthcare—Assessment and treatment of mental illness or substance abuse disorders.
  • Custodial care—Care primarily to meet a patient’s personal needs, such as bathing, dressing, eating, or taking medicine. Can be provided by medical or non-medical personnel, but must be administered according to a doctor’s order.
  • Emergency services—Services provided for an unforeseen acute illness or injury that requires immediate medical attention.
  • Home healthcare—Skilled or unskilled care provided in an individual’s home, usually on a part-time basis. Examples include part-time skilled nursing care, speech therapy, physical or occupational therapy, part-time services from home health aides or assistance with household chores.
  • Hospice services—Services provided to the terminally ill and their families.
  • Intermediate nursing care—Health or medical care that is occasional or rehabilitative, ordered by a physician and performed by skilled medical personnel.
  • Long-term care—Care provided to people with chronic diseases or disabilities who need assistance with daily activities for an extended period. Includes a wide range of health and social services provided under the supervision of medical professionals.
  • Office visit—Services provided in a physician’s office.
  • Outpatient services—Care received in a hospital or ambulatory care center that does not require an overnight stay.
  • Preventive care—Proactive, comprehensive care emphasizing prevention, early detection, and early treatment of conditions. Generally includes routine physical exams, immunizations and well-person care.
  • Primary care—Basic or general healthcare, traditionally provided by family practice physicians, pediatricians or internal medicine practitioners.
  • Respite care—Temporary health or medical care designed to provide a short rest period for a caregiver of a chronically or terminally ill person.
  • Secondary care—Medical services provided by doctors who do not have first contact with patients, such as urologists, cardiologists and so on.
  • Specialty care—Services delivered by a health-care provider who has received advanced training in a specific field of medicine. Specialty care also includes care provided in specialty facilities and emergency care.
  • Tertiary care—Health-care services provided by highly specialized providers, such as neurosurgeons, thoracic surgeons and intensive care units. These services often require highly sophisticated technologies and facilities.

Please contact your TPG Insurance Services representative if you would like to discuss Health-Care Facilities & Types of Care. Visit our Health Insurance page or call 909.466.7876 to talk to a specialist.


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