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Is Inpatient Rehabilitation the Right Choice for Your Patient?

We want to keep you, the physician, apprised so that you can identify an appropriate care setting for your patient. In keeping with this desire, we have listed standards of admission criteria for inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the nation.

  • Patient requires close supervision of a physician experienced in rehabilitation for medical and rehabilitation management. The patient has ongoing active medical management needs that could not be met in a lesser intensive setting.
  • The patient’s functional disability and current medical needs require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing to ensure safe and effective treatment.
  • The patient is medically appropriate to participate in prescribed rehab activities & appears to be able to tolerate an intense 3 hour per day rehab therapy program.
  • The patient does not exhibit learning deficiencies that would likely preclude active participation in a rehabilitation program.
  • The patient‘s current functional limitations require intensive rehabilitation programming involving at least two of three disciplines (Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy)
  • Rehab RN intervention is required in order to progress the patient to a more independent level of functioning.
  • The patient is expected to demonstrate potential significant functional improvements in a reasonable period of time averaging 10-14 days.
  • Patient expresses a willingness to participate in the rehab program and the patient/family has realistic goals for progress.
  • Anticipated D/C disposition is a community setting including a home or an assisted living setting. The patient has support persons that will take the patient home, or funding for assisted living placement.

The most common reasons for non-admission are as follows:

  • The patient is unable to tolerate 3 hours of therapy per day due to limiting factors such as impaired endurance, pain, etc…
  • The patient does not have medical problems that warrant direct physician and nursing oversight.
  • The patient's course of recovery will likely be slow and prolonged.
  • The patient has cognitive deficits that would prevent them from carrying over newly learned skills.
  • The patient requires only one therapy discipline.
  • The patient's overall level of function is high enough that their needs could be met in a lesser intensive setting such home health or outpatient therapies.
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  • The patient does not have a discharge plan that will reliably allow for return to home or ALF.

If you have any questions about your patient’s eligibility for our program, please feel free to contact the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Admission Liaison at (907) 264-1893.

View Our Referral Requirements