Skilled Rehabilitation Program

What is Skilled Rehabilitation?

Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers a special program designed to provide skilled nursing and therapy care for patients who need continued care beyond an acute hospital stay. This program, called the Skilled Rehabilitation Program, allows a patient extra time in the hospital to recover from illness, injury, or surgery before returning home. Skilled Rehabilitation includes nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. Skilled Rehabilitation is also referred to as "Swing Bed” or "SNF”.

Examples of why a patient may need skilled are include:

Recovery from a stroke or accident

Post-operative rehabilitation

Extended therapy after joint replacement surgery

Wounds requiring special care

Intravenous therapy

Criteria for admission to skilled rehabilitation include:

*The patient must have a hospital stay of at least three consecutive days within the past thirty days.

*Skilled care services must be related to the same condition for which the patient was treated in the acute care hospital.

*The patient has Medicare Part A and has days left in the benefit period available for use.

*The physician has determined the need for skilled care.

*The patient requires daily skilled services on an inpatient basis.

Once the patient meets skilled care criteria, Medicare will pay 100% for the first 20 days of service. In some instances, private insurance companies will negotiate for their patients to be cared for in a skilled rehabilitation program.

Patients can be transferred to the Pointe Coupee General Skilled Rehabilitation Program from other acute care hospitals or facilities.

What would be the benefits of receiving skilled rehabilitation at Pointe Coupee General Hospital?

The nurse/therapist to patient ratio is low which insures individualized comprehensive care for the patient. The advantage of being close to home with the accessibility of family and friends close by is also a positive benefit.

For more information regarding this program contact the Utilization/review/case management department by calling (225) 638-5788 or have the case management department paged by calling (225) 638-6331.

Fax number (225) 638-5764

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