Pre-Planning

Hillcrest offers the region’s most comprehensive rehabilitation services in two convenient locations – Hillcrest Health & Rehab in Bellevue and the Rehab Cottage at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion.

What is pre-planning?

Pre-planning with Hillcrest allows for you to plan your stay at one of our locations prior to entering the hospital for a scheduled surgery.

What are the benefits of pre-planning?

Pre-planning allows our team to prepare for your upcoming admission. It gives you time to tour our locations and let us know your preferences. Pre-planners get priority accommodation placement. We can also run your insurance and discuss your benefits with you. We can give you a letter to take with you to the hospital to make your discharge planner aware of your plan. We can let you know what to expect and what to bring.

Who qualifies for a skilled nursing stay?

A patient must have a physician order stating that daily skilled care is needed either by nursing or therapy. The skilled need must be related to the hospital stay.

Type of payments:

Hillcrest is in network with most insurance providers. We will do an insurance verification prior to admission to one of our post-acute skilled nursing facilities and discuss any co-payments prior to admission.

  • Medicare patients– If the patient has had a 3-night inpatient hospital stay and has discharged home or to another skilled nursing facility within 30 days, he or she should be able to transition back to Hillcrest Health & Rehab for their continued rehab needs.
  • Insurance patients (including Medicare advantage plans) – Some insurance companies do not require a 3-night inpatient hospital stay for coverage. We will complete authorization prior to admission for verification of benefits.
  • Private pay patients– If a patient is unable to utilize his/her insurance benefit, we can always consider a private pay option. Private pay patients are required to complete a financial profile that is subject to administrator approval.

Our Process:

One call to the Central Transitions Team can get the process started. We will collect information such as name, date of birth, planned surgery date, hospital that you are planning to have surgery at, surgeon’s name, and insurance information. We will offer a tour of our locations and note any preferences. We will send you with an informational packet that includes a list of what to bring. Please expect a phone call from our team prior to your surgery to follow up with any last minute questions.

After surgery, you will meet with your discharge planner and discuss options for care after your hospital stay.  Once we receive the information we will complete a medical and financial review. We will be in contact with you, the patient, and family during this process.  Once approved, we will work with the discharge planner in the hospital to arrange the transition to one of our rehabilitation locations.