How To Avoid Being Blind Sided By Rehab Staff on Discharge

There is no adequate way to explain to my clients why rehab/skilled nursing facilities staff do not communicate with them.  It seems to be endemic throughout the country.  There are many reasons why communication is essential for the family, foremost being the need to know if discharge is imminent. I tell my clients to be…

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Help! I’ve Fallen and No Insurance Company Will Take My Voucher!

I am not opposed to lowering Medicare costs.  After all, it is money I have put in and would like it to be around when I need it.  Medicare has been a life saver for many people.  It is a plan that has provided health care treatment without the threat of being dropped.  It doesn’t…

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The Confusing World Of Rehab: Insurance

As with all things in healthcare these days, it is driven by insurance.  This is the case with rehabs.  Most all insurances have hospital and rehab benefits. In private insurances, the covered varies as do coinsurances and copays.  The average fro rehab coverage is 100 days.  On admission, request the billing department or case management…

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The Confusing World Of Rehab: How It Works

One of the learning curves for me as an advocate was the world of rehabilitation.  It is a system that appears to be easy to navigate but is not.  I had to develop a special radar for understanding the dynamics and innuendos of the system.  Mostly, I had to accept that information was not easy…

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Tips to Surviving Hospital to Rehab:

One of my jobs as an advocate is to navigate the transition from a hospital admission to a rehabilitation facility to managing life once in the rehab facility.  The most important role I can play during this time is to keep the emotions from erupting on both sides. Patients and families are often told about…

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