Skilled Swing Bed

"Swing Bed" is a concept developed by Medicare in the 1970's to help with underutilized hospital beds and the lack of nursing home beds in rural areas. These two issues have resolved themselves over time, partly due to the conversion of most rural hospitals to Critical Access Hospitals like Stafford County Hospital.

A swing bed does not actually 'swing', but it changes in the way Medicare reimburses for the care provided to the patient. A patient being treated for an acute condition can remain in the hospital longer, for extended care if they are not yet safe enough for discharge. The patient can remain in the same room, and receive similar care as an acute in-patient stay, but the services are billed differently.

How Do I Qualify for Swing Bed Under The Medicare Program?

A consecutive, 3-day, acute level hospital stay within thirty days of admission to swing bed. The patient must need some form of skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation service which can only be provided in a skilled nursing facility.

Examples of skilled care include:

  • IV therapy
  • Sterile dressing changes
  • Skin/wound care
  • Rehabilitation therapy: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and respiratory therapy.

The goal of our program is to help the patient return to their home independently or with the help of accessible community resources.

To learn more about our program, contact 620-234-5221 and ask for Amanda Sandoval, Swing Bed Coordinator.