What is Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

Post-hospital, post-acute, or short stay rehabilitation care is designed to improve a person’s transition back home following surgery, illness or injury. Short stay rehab residents no longer need the acute care setting of a hospital but still require a high level of clinical and rehabilitative care to ensure a speedy recovery.  The goal of the program is to provide the highest level of rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to residents while facilitating the transition, as quickly and safely as possible, from hospital to home.  Post-acute rehabilitation stays typically last twenty-one days or less.

Selecting a short stay rehab or post-acute provider is a critically important decision as the clinical team can significantly impact the success of treatment. It’s important to choose a short stay rehab program with a demonstrated track record of success and a proven commitment to clinical excellence and resident-driven care.

Who is Eligible for Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

Anyone who has suffered an injury, illness, or acute medical event that required hospitalization is a candidate for post-acute rehabilitation care.  For Medicare Part A to cover a patient's post-acute rehabilitation care, the medicare beneficiary must have had a qualifying hospital stay before being admitted to the post-acute rehabilitation facility.  In most circumstances, that means a three night or more hospital stay.  Medicare beneficiaries also need an order from their physician certifying that they require daily skilled care.  For patients covered by private insurance, the eligibility requirements for a post-acute rehabilitation stay vary by insurance provider.  If you have questions about what post-acute rehabilitation services are covered by your insurance company, please give us a call. 

What Should You Expect from Rehab at Gadsden Health & Rehab?

Gadsden Health & Rehab has been a leader in the post-acute rehabilitation industry for more than twenty years.  Gadsden Health & Rehab's post-acute rehabilitation regimen is personalized to meet the needs of today's patients and residents. Today's rehab patient might be an active senior citizen recovering from a knee replacement before returning to the golf course, a grandmother recovering from a stroke, or a young woman receiving physical therapy to recover from an auto accident.  Personalized treatment begins at admission with a therapy screening that takes into consideration each patient’s medical condition and their ability to endure extensive rehabilitation therapy.

Who Pays for Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

Medicare:  For a Medicare eligible beneficiaries, Medicare Part A coverage pays for a room, meals, nursing services, rehabilitation services, medications, supplies and durable medical equipment for up to 100 days. For the first 20 days in a post-acute rehabilitation facility, Medicare covers 100 percent of skilled care. From Day 21 through Day 100, the resident must pay a daily co-insurance rate.

Insurance:  Coverage for post-acute rehabilitation care varies by insurance company.  Most commercial insurance companies cover post-acute rehabilitation, but some require co-pays.  If you have questions about what post-acute rehabilitation services are covered by your insurance company, please give us a call.

Want to Learn More?

If you believe you or a loved one qualify for post-acute rehabilitation and would like to learn more about Gadsden Health & Rehab, please pick up the phone and give us a call or stop by one of our locations.  We would love to talk to you about the personalized post-acute rehabilitation care we provide and can also answer questions about what rehabilitation services are covered by your insurance or Medicare benefits