Was just told of this rule, but not sure if it's accurate. This is in regards to my uncle who fell. He was in the hospital two nights and they recommended sending him to rehab. My cousin didn't want to do that unless necessary because his father would prefer to stay at home. Cousin was told he could always change his mind.
Uncle was discharged from the hospital after two nights. My cousin now needs help caring for his father and was considering rehab. Was told by the home health people that Medicare only covers nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and an aide to help with bathing.
Supposedly if uncle stayed a third night, Medicare would've covered rehab and possibly a caregiver to help at home. Was also told it has to be three consecutive nights. Is all this true? If so, the hospital misled our family.