Geriatrics

ACUTE REHABILITATION HOSPITALS ("Acute Rehab")

Where provided?
Medicare certified designed units
In Nebraska: Immanuel, Methodist (Omaha) and Madonna (Lincoln)

Qualifiers (summary)

  • Inpatient 3 nights
  • Do they quality? Decide with "RE-H-AB" mnemonic
REhabilitatable
Help? (will the treatment help?)
ABle  (can the patient cooperate?)
 
Bottom line: If any question ask for consult for Acute Rehab and a physiatrist will help decide.

Additional Qualification issues:  

  • must be a Medicare certified facility
  • must require intense, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation
  • supervised by a physician with experience or training in rehabilitation medicine. (Physiatrist)
  • care must be reasonable and necessary and not available at a less skilled level of care
  • patient requires & can perform ~three hours of therapy each day
    • Licensed as a hospital
    • Rehab experts can focus on "real life" skills

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