Rehabilitation Diagnoses and Conditions for Referring Physicians

Medicare requires that only 60% of acute patients admitted to In-Patient Rehab have one of the following 13 diagnoses:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Congenital deformity
  • Hip fracture
  • Joint Replacements
  • Major multiple trauma / fractures
  • Neurological disorders 
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Motor neuron disease
    • Encephalopathy
    • Critical illness myopathy/polyneuropathy
    • ALS
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Guillain Barré
  • Systemic vasculidities with joint inflammation
  • Active rheumatoid arthritis
  • Severe or Advanced Osteoarthritis

Other rehabilitation diagnoses and conditions that should be consider for rehabilitation that would make up the other 40%, may include:

  • Cardiac conditions such as
    • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) 
    • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
    • Myocardial infarction (MI)
  • Laminectomy
  • Neuropathy
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Conditions affecting mobility, activities of daily living (ADL’s), swallowing or cognition/thinking abilities
  • Late effects from previous neurological injury or illness, i.e. brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury

Stroke rehabilitation helps patients adjust to the mental and physical changes following a stroke.  RWSHR provides a Joint Commission certified Stroke Program to address these changes.

Early Identifiers

  • Does the patient have a functional deficit due to acute or chronic condition?
  • Does the patient require intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation?
  • Does the patient require 24-hour availability of a physician or rehab nurse?
  • Does the patient have the ability to participate in three hours of therapy a day?
  • Is the patient medically stable?

To Refer a Patient

To make a referral or for more information, please contact our admissions department at 706-655-5257 or fax information to 706-655-5258. You will be put in contact with one of our nurse liaisons to perform a pre-admission screening and coordinate transfer to our hospital.