Transitions of care from acute hospitalization to postacute rehabilitation settings evolved as a function of cost-saving changes to the Medicare Prospective Payment System. Restricted criteria for inpatient rehabilitation facility admission limited access for patients with severe physical and cognitive deficits. Once used as a resource-intense supplement to hospital care, skilled nursing facilities have metamorphosed into rehabilitation settings with limited nursing staff, lower intensity of therapies, and decreased community discharge rates. A collaborative approach to care transitions, using acute and postacute health care providers, provides the opportunity to improve this process. Early physiatry consultation is a strategy for patients with neurologic disease.
- Care transition
- Inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF)
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Skilled nursing facility (SNF)
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