This Medicare program is for those patients who after an acute illness and minimum 3 day inpatient stay, are eligible to continue to receive sub-acute care in the hospital. For example, a patient is admitted for an acute illness, and after several days meets the criteria for discharge. However, the patient is still needing IV medication, wound care, and physical therapy. In an urban setting, this patient would likely receive home health or be transferred to a nearby rehab facility. In rural communities, those resources are not always available. Therefore, patients can continue to receive specialized care in the hospital, although they are medically stable. Qualifications for this service include:
– Medicare Part A or approved insurance plan
– Authorization by physician
– Daily need for skilled care
– Stable medical status
– 3 day hospital stay immediately prior to starting Swing Bed Program
Average patient stay in Swing Bed Program is 1-2 weeks. Consider a long-term care facility for needs lasting more than 40 days.