Post-acute Care for Rheumatologists

  • Deborah W. RobinEmail author


Post-acute care encompasses a wide range of health care services that share the goal of restoring recently hospitalized patients to the highest level of functioning possible. Post-acute care can be provided in a long-term acute care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility, or home using home health care. While a range of similar nursing and rehabilitation services can be provided in all settings, admission criteria and payment sources differ. Determining the most appropriate setting for care following hospitalization is an important decision that should be made with input from the patients, their family, the physician, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists.


Post-acute care Skilled nursing facility Inpatient rehabilitation facilities Long-term acute care hospital Home health care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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