Medicare pays for how many days for rehabilitation after hospitalization?

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Medicare will pay for 100 days towards rehabilitation after a 3 day stay in the hospital for an acute event.  

Beware that you may not have been admitted to the hospitalal although you have been there for 3-5 days. Why? you ask? Because hospitals can place you in "observation" mode whichis NOT an admission.  Then you may have stayed for 3 days but because it isi not an "admission" you do not qualify to go to rehabilitation and have medicare pay for it.

Does medicare pay for the 100 days? NO They will pay 100% for the first 20 days then from day 21 to day 80 you are responsible for paying a portion.  They will tell you it is 20% but is not, it is a flat rate.  $146.50 per day. Yup that's  all your responsibility which covers a portion of the room and board.  Your medications are covered and any therapies you receive. 

Is there a mission to get you out of there in 20 days? Not necessarily, it depends on the facility. Beware that you do NOT want them using your total 100 days just "because".  You will then be left with nothing for the rest of the year.

For more information on medicare visit www.medicare.gov to find out what exactly your coverage pays for and doesn't pay for.  You don't want any surprises and you will not get a good explanation from the system on how this works.


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