Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Following acute-hospital care, many individuals with severe injuries or disabilities will be admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital or unit.  In an inpatient rehab setting, individuals receive intensive, coordinated care by a team of health care professionals who specialize in the medical, physiological, and psychosocial aspects of rehabilitative health care.  Rehabilitation physicians and rehabilitation nurses must be available on a 24-hour basis and a physician must see the patient at least every two or three days.  Inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide individuals with intensive, multidisciplinary therapy as well as extensive medical management and the facilities have a medical director of rehabilitation with specified training/experience.

For most, the goal of inpatient rehabilitation is to help an individual regain his/her maximum level of independent function and return to independent, community living.

Related Issues:
The 60 Percent/75 Percent Rule
Reimbursement Cuts

Outpatient Rehabilitation clinics

Many individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions depend on outpatient rehabilitation therapy to regain and maintain their maximum level of function and independence.  Outpatient therapy clinics provide services to patients living at home and in the community. The outpatient rehabilitation team develops individual plans to restore, improve and maintatin cognitive and physical function, as well as to maximize safety, prevent repeat and secondary conditions, and assist with self‐care independence. Such services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy. Outpatient therapy services are provided at various levels of intensity, depending upon the individual need.

Related Issues:
Reimbursement Cuts
Therapy Caps

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