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Does Going into a Hospital from Rehab Restart Medicare's 100-Day Payment Period?
My father is 85 years old and was hospitalized at the end of April. Upon being discharged, he went straight to rehab. His 100th day was August 17th. However, he has been back in the hospital twice during the time he's been at the rehab facility. A friend told me that she had a similar situation with her mother and that when she returned to rehab after being in the hospital, her 100 days started over. She said she had to fight for it, but it would certainly be worth the fight if we could restart the 100 days.
The hospitalizations may have extended your father’s skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage by a few days because the time he spent in the hospital should not count towards the 100 days. However, he will not receive a new 100-day allotment until he has been out of the hospital and the SNF for at least 60 days. For more information on Medicare's nursing home coverage, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/medicares-limited-nursing-home-coverage-12131.
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