Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care

Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)


Skilled nursing care

 provided in a SNF in certain conditions for a limited time (on a short-term basis) if all of these conditions are met:

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay: 

  • Days 1–20: $0 for each Benefit period .  
  • Days 21–100: $170.50 ($176 in 2020) Coinsurance per day of each benefit period.
  • Days 101 and beyond: all costs.


Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

What it is

Skilled care is nursing and therapy care that can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of, professionals or technical personnel. It’s health care given when you need skilled nursing or skilled therapy to treat, manage, and observe your condition, and evaluate your care.

Medicare-covered services include, but aren't limited to:

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