What happens when you have been discharged from the hospital after a surgery or illness and find that you need additional care or recovery time?
Medicare regulations allow patients to be admitted to a post-acute care facility (skilled nursing or rehabilitation center) within a 30-day period, it’s known as the Medicare Window and you don’t need to be re-hospitalized.
The same “window of opportunity” may apply if you were admitted to a skilled nursing facility after a qualifying hospital stay, were discharged home and then experienced a decline in your health.
To qualify for the 30-day Medicare Window you must:
• Have received Part A Medicare benefits in a hospital or skilled nursing facility within the last 30 days.
• Require daily skilled nursing care or rehabilitative services
• Have days remaining in your original skilled nursing Part A 100-day benefit period.
• Be readmitted under physician orders.
We hope you never need to use this option, but want you to be aware that it is available. You worked hard for your benefits and deserve to use them.
If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at (928) 951-2305.