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What is Post-Acute Care?

Post-acute care includes rehabilitation services that beneficiaries receive after a stay in an acute care hospital. Depending on the intensity of care the patient requires, treatment may include a stay in a facility, ongoing outpatient therapy, or care provided at home.

Post-acute care settings include inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units, long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. Compared to lower acuity providers, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units have:

  • Maximized patient health
  • Prevented subsequent medical complications
  • Lower rates of readmission to the hospital
  • More time with doctors and personal attention
  • Improved functional skills
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Restored independence of patients
  • Promoted participation in society