Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers a
special program designed to provide skilled nursing and therapy care for
patients who need continued care beyond an acute hospital stay. This program,
called the Skilled Rehabilitation Program, allows a patient extra time in the hospital
to recover from illness, injury, or surgery before returning home. Skilled
Rehabilitation includes nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy
and/or speech therapy. Skilled Rehabilitation is also referred to as "Swing Bed”
of why a patient may need skilled are include:
Recovery from a stroke or accident
Extended therapy after joint
Wounds requiring special care
for admission to skilled rehabilitation include:
*The patient must have a hospital stay
of at least three consecutive days within the past thirty days.
*Skilled care services must be related
to the same condition for which the patient was treated in the acute care hospital.
*The patient has Medicare Part A and
has days left in the benefit period available for use.
*The physician has determined the need
for skilled care.
*The patient requires daily skilled
services on an inpatient basis.
Once the patient meets skilled care criteria,
Medicare will pay 100% for the first 20 days of service. In some instances,
private insurance companies will negotiate for their patients to be cared for
in a skilled rehabilitation program.
Patients can be transferred to the
Pointe Coupee General Skilled Rehabilitation Program from other acute care
hospitals or facilities.
would be the benefits of receiving skilled rehabilitation at Pointe Coupee
The nurse/therapist to patient ratio is
low which insures individualized comprehensive care for the patient. The
advantage of being close to home with the accessibility of family and friends
close by is also a positive benefit.
For more information regarding this
program contact the Utilization/review/case management department by calling
(225) 638-5788 or have the case management department paged by calling (225)
Fax number (225) 638-5764