While positive airway pressure has proven to be an effective therapy for obstructive sleep apnea and non-invasive ventilation for COPD diagnoses, it is estimated that only 30% to 40% of individuals recommended for therapy are compliant. With the right program, the sub-acute setting has resources available to improve the patient compliance and enhance outcomes.
Medicare defines pulmonary Rehabilitation as a service intended to help an individual breathe better, increase strength, and live more independently. These services may be provided in a doctor's office or a hospital outpatient setting that offers pulmonary rehabilitation programs. While SNFs cannot provide Pulmonary Rehabilitation that is reimbursable by Medicare, they can develop care plans with a focus on pulmonary rehabilitation.