Frequently Asked Questions

How long do patients typically stay in Transitional Care?

Most stays in Transitional Care are a few days to a few weeks, however, some patients may stay for up to 100 days if they have daily qualifying skilled care needs.

The majority of patients in our program improve their health and rehabilitation status during their stay, and the majority of program patients who lived at home prior to their hospitalization are discharged back home after Transitional Care.

Is Transitional Care covered by my insurance plan?

Transitional Care is predominantly covered by Medicare "Swing Bed" benefit. Some other insurance providers may cover this care as well. If you are having a planned hospitalization and think you might need care after your stay, we can check if Transitional Care would be covered so you can plan ahead of time to come to our programs.

Why is the program called "Transitional Care" and is it the same as "Swing Bed"?

Our program is called Transitional Care because it is a model focused on helping patients transition from a hospital stay to their highest level of independence at home or in another setting. We use hospital-level resources, team processes, best practices, and extra clinical education to support this "transition". Since most patients receive this care under Medicare, this level of care is sometimes also referred to as "Swing Bed".

How is Transitional Care different from the care received at a Skilled Nursing Facility or nursing home?

Because we are a hospital, we can deliver Transitional Care with high levels of safety, quality, and flexibility with hospital-based resources including on-site lab, radiology, and immediate access to physicians and other caregivers.

Our hospital-based Transitional Care program provides up to three times more available nurse hours per patient day compared to most skilled nursing facilities.

We hold Bedside Rounds with patient, family and care team together on a scheduled basis, so everyone understands your plan of care, identifies things that need to be addresses and plans for a safe discharge.