Ask a Therapist -What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation?
Published on November 29, 2017
Inpatient rehabilitation is designed for patients who require intensive recovery, usually because they are unable to be independent at home and need assistance until they can safely return home or transition to another environment. Inpatient rehabilitation provides nursing care along with therapy, and may be covered by Medicare part A or an HMOA.
Outpatient rehabilitation is less intensive and involves patients working with licensed therapists, usually because they are able to return home but continue to demonstrate the need for additional treatment to strengthen muscles or increase their level of function. Outpatient therapy may be covered by Medicare part B, private insurance, private pay, or a combination of these.