My relative was in the hospital for 3 days before going to the nursing home for rehabilitation but they were not admitted and just held for observation. I was told Medicare will not pay for any nursing home rehabilitation. Is that true?

Yes. You must be admitted to the hospital for at least 3 days in order to get any Medicare coverage for rehabilitation in the nursing home. Being held for observation, but not being admitted, does not count toward the 3 day requirement. Without Medicare coverage, you will either have to pay privately or apply for Medicaid.

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