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Subacute Care

About the Subacute Care Program

Established on July 1, 1983 by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the subacute care program makes provisions to patients in facilities who meet subacute care criteria as defined in Welfare and Institutions Code, section 14132.25.  Specific reimbursement rates have been developed for providers of subacute care who have been licensed and certified by the DHCS’ Licensing and Certification program.

Definition of Subacute Care

  • Subacute care is a level of care needed by a patient who does not require hospital acute care, but who requires more intensive skilled nursing care than is provided to the majority of patients in a skilled nursing facility.
  • Pediatric subacute care is a level of care needed by a person less than 21 years of age who uses a medical technology that compensates for the loss of a vital bodily function.
  • Subacute patients are medically fragile and require special services, such as inhalation therapy, tracheotomy care, intravenous tube feeding, and complex wound management care. 


Contact Information

Subacute Care Unit
1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4504
P.O. Box 997436
Sacramento, CA 95899-7436
Phone: (916) 552-9113
FAX: (916) 552-9109

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